DVD Review: “Bounty Killer” Is A Throwback To The “Mad Max” Movies


Review by James McDonald

Bounty killers compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. This is the age of the BOUNTY KILLER.

As I sat down to watch “Bounty Killer”, I knew nothing about it other than what it said on the cover: “The Road Warrior” meets “Kill Bill.” I grew up loving “The Road Warrior”, or, as it was known back in Ireland, “Mad Max II.” And “Kill Bill”? Well, I wasn’t a big fan of either film but they had their moments. “Bounty Killer” tells the story about the world in the not too-distant future being controlled and governed by large conglomerates, and the men and women who oppose them, literally fighting the corporate machine. And that is basically it. The storyline is anemic but you look past that as you become enveloped in the violence and action of the movie.

We have Drifter (Matthew Marsden) who is one of the top bounty killers who competes with another bounty killer called Mary Death (Christian Pitre) who happens to be his ex. He is gruff and rough and is eerily similar to Mel Gibson’s Max Rockatansky while Mary walks around in short skirt, thigh-high stockings and hooker boots. In an attempt to bring to justice the abhorrent men that thrust the world into a post-apocalyptic dark age, the bounty killers have surfaced to become the saviors of the common man that has suffered due to excessive greed and exploitation. Along the way, Drifter hooks up with Jack (Barak Hardley) a gun caddy, who assists him with his weapons and when a death warrant is issued for Drifter by his old boss and ex-wife Catherine (Kristanna Loken) all bets are off as Mary and the Council are hot on his heels.

“Bounty Killer” is reminiscent of the 70’s grindhouse era of B movies and gives us a fun-filled stylish caper and graphic violence so over the top, at times it puts 300 to shame. Director Henry Saine seems to be having a lot of fun with his actors and he utilizes his locations to great use, including the eerie El Mirage dry lake in Southern California. Gary Busey appears halfway through the movie but he ends up being a glorified cameo while an almost unrecognizable Beverly D’Angelo surfaces as Lucille, an old friend of Mary’s. If you are looking for some good ol’ mindless action and have 90 minutes to spare, BOUNTY KILLER is a good way to spend it.

In stores October 29th


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