Action / Crime / Thriller
Action / Crime / Thriller
Frank Marasco arrests Kane Cartel who is then sentenced for execution. To stop this, Carlito Kane and Manual Kane kidnap the daughter of the California Governer and Frank's grandson, Mario. Frank Marasco (Bullet) takes law into his own hands to save them.
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February 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM
Having seen many Trejo movies, and having loved many of them (not all
mind you, just many), I was disappointed with this one.
In order to make a old man into a larger than life figure, you need to
pull off a small miracle. You need to bend and direct the audience's
perception juuuuust right. Machete pulled it off, but Bullet simply
does not. Danny does not truly appear as a larger than life character
who takes charge and lives life dangerously, but instead as a nearly
retired cop who has too many problems. I confess that I don't have the
technical movie knowledge to adequately explain what I'm trying to say.
I can only say that the movie felt.. like the illusion was empty.
Trejo's movies are usually somewhat outlandish, heavy on the
"grindhouse" style, and inventive. This film has none of that. It seems
that the director decided to try making it more dramatic instead. The
fun and vivacious extremity I was expecting was instead replaced with
old cop movie clichés.
The acting was poor because it tried too hard, the execution was
plodding and halting. The special effects were disappointingly poor. It
seems the director and editor had no concept of what I like to call
"vicinity errors". These occur when the objects being used in the scene
do not correctly stay in their places from scene to scene, or their
behavior defies the common sense expectations of the viewers.
Essentially, the area around the actors isn't correctly used. Bullets
hitting their targets too long after being fired, objects being there
one second and gone the next, or a character taking his hat off twice
in the same scene without putting it back on in between.. These are
vicinity errors and are usually are the result of bad editing. This
movie has too many of them.
It was not a bad film. It just simply didn't shine with any of the
usual Trejo brilliance.
.44 Caliber Crap
Danny Trejo is the reigning king of the B's. And I'll watch anything
he's in, no matter how poorly-written, no matter how
amateurishly-directed, and no matter how ridiculously, incoherently
And that's the sloppy road Nick Lyon haphazardly lays for the
undemanding fan of very familiar plots. So if you really don't care
about utterly absurd, incredibly illogical, and comically lazy story
lines, the entry-level acting might not even register. But on the way
to the traditional "Commando"-like action-movie denouement every
12-year-old boy expects, you'll ask yourself:
Why is there always a long-haired, German super-villain lieutenant in
organized crime? How did Frank Marasco's car just happen to be where
he needed it? How can two bad guys with handguns out-shoot a squad of
body-armored, assault- rifle-toting cops? Why am I watching this to
the predictable end?
Well, I can at least answer the last question: so you can hear Danny
Trejo bark the immortal line, "This is America! Speak Mexican!"
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Watch the Director's Cut!
I've been at 2 different screenings and have seen two different
versions of the movie - the US cut distributed & cut by Giant Ape and
the much better Director's Cut distributed by SC Films International. I
just recommend everyone - WATCH THE DIRECTOR'S CUT - these are 2
completely different movies! As a huge fan of Trejo I can't believe
what these incompetent guys at Giant Ape did with this movie! The
Director's Cut (International version) is really a great cinematic
action-thriller, but the Giant Ape / US version is a slow-paced drama
which reminds of a typical boring TV crime movie. The slow-paced US cut
misses a lot of necessary scenes which are very important for the
story, for the characters and for the pace of the movie. Instead it
seems like they just put together the worst & most boring scenes with
an absolutely boring score (Chris Ridenhour's score in the Director's
cut is much, much more better!). The Giant Ape cut should be seized
This should be shown on all film schools worldwide as a classic example
how editing & scoring can change & ruin a movie.
Everyone who watches both versions will understand my anger. If you
want to see a good movie just watch the Director's Cut (International
version)! 9 of 10 stars for the Director's Cut. 1 of 10 stars for the