Sunday, December 31, 2017

Bad Ass (2012)

Director: Craig Moss

Writers: Craig Moss, Elliot Tishman

Composer: Todd Haberman

Starring: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Patrick Fabian, Joyful Drake, John Duffy, Harrison Page, Richard Riehle, Winter Ave Zoli, Tonita Castro, Ron Perlman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They messed with the wrong senior citizen.

Plot: A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I love it!  Trejo was almost 70 when he made this and he's kicking ass all over the place.  It's a little far retched but it's fun and a big part of that is on Trejo.  He's a lot of fun and he does a wonderful job.   The first act was great and that montage at the beginning was very touching and nicely handled.  After that first act, the picture could've gone a couple of ways.  One would be to continue as a crime drama with social commentary on aging/how seniors are treated as well as living in a poor community.  But they chose to go the revenge action route and I'm OK with that.  Besides Frank (Trejo) knocking the piss out of anyone who gets in his way without barely getting a scratch, the spot where it went off the rails into ridiculous territory was the bus chase.  It was over the top big time action movie cliche territory but it was fun just the same.  I even teared up a little at the end.  I wouldn't mind seeing this as a franchise but starting an action franchise in your late sixties isn't something you'd expect from anyone but then we're talking about Danny Fuckin' Trejo!

I'm just going to put this out there...  Somebody PLEASE cast Trejo as an ass kicking Fidel Castro, galavanting across South America righting wrongs and sparking revolutions or snuffing them out.  Please?

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