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Review The Bounty Killer (2013): Violent, gory and trashy. In short: A very fun B flick.

genre: action, adventure, comic book adaptation, science fiction






The Bounty Killer is one of those movies that embraces it's B status and therefore delivers a lot of goodness.

At the same time it is also very flawed and might not depict the world as well as it should. For example it does not explain good enough how exactly white collar criminals were responsible for the apocalypse. Just read this:

“It’s been 20 years since the corporations took over the world’s governments. Their thirst for power and profits led to the corporate wars, a fierce global battle that laid waste to society as we know it. Born from the ash, the Council of Nine rose as a new law and order for this dark age. To avenge the corporations’ reckless destruction, the Council issues death warrants for all white collar criminals. Their hunter’s – the BOUNTY KILLER. From amateur savage to graceful assassin, the BOUNTY KILLER’S now compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed by exterminating the self serving CEO and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. These are the new heroes. This is the age of the BOUNTY KILLER.”

So if I get this right. The big corporations went to war against each other with the consequence that they destroyed everything in their path. How then were they able to make a profit? How were they able to stay on top? If there aren't that many (civilian) people left to buy their products? And the only people who are rich enough to do so are your competitors? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose? And wouldn't you destroy yourself by killing the people keeping you on top? A smart business would not be that ignorant. Reckless maybe but killing the market you have to live from would be highly unlikely. As you might have guessed the story and storytelling are not the strongest points and should be taken with a grain of salt. 

But of course you need to shut of your brain with this one because it's not that important to know why the apocalypse happened. It's enough that it has. The world of The Bounty Killer looks very similar to those depicted in Mad Max and Death Race 2000. And it is obvious that this film pays tribute to those films although lacking the subtle social criticism and sharp satire those films contained. Instead we get served a lot of wonderful choreographed action scenes that provide the most fun.  It never shies away from the blood and gore which in this case is a blessing. I thought all the action was incredible enjoyable especially the big chase scene reminiscent of the one in The Road Warrior. 

And I have to say I wasn't expecting to like the cast as much as I did. Main character Drifter (played by Matthew Marsden) did a fine job playing the hero. He actually was quite charming and certainly deserves to be the lead more often. Then there is Christian Pitre as Mary Death. Where does she come from? And why isn't she in more movies or tv shows? She is one of those talents that apart from having good looks and charm also can act. Yes, she really can. She almost steals every scene she is in. I was surprised to see Beverly D'Angelo make an appearance but there she was. Her role was short but sweet. Gary Busey also comes out of nowhere and makes the most of the small role he had.

While there are a few slow moments and the characterization and story could have used a little more work The Bounty Killer does deliver all the B movie goodness you need. Certainly worth your time!

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