Bullet Points: Bounty Killer
Do you like your action movies to shine a spotlight on what is wrong with today’s society?
Do you like your action movies to take no prisoners and go balls to the wall with excessive levels of action and violence?
If you answered yes to one or both of those questions then you’ll be interested in the 2013 film, Bounty Killer.
- Big Business: Bounty Killer takes place in a post-apocalyptic future after the big corporations overthrew the governments and waged war on one another to control all the power and wealth of the world. This war of the greedy ruined things for everyone. The earth is in shambles but even in the wasteland that Earth has become there is a glimmer of hope. The Council of Nine is formed to help get the world off to a fresh start and rebuild society, but first that means eliminating those who caused this disaster in the first place. The Council has issued death warrants for all white collar criminals. Those who wish to collect on these death warrants become known as Bounty Killers and there are two particular Bounty Killers that stood out from the rest…
- Bounty Killers: Drifter (Matthew Marsden) has earned his reputation of being the greatest Bounty Killer of all-time. But the Bounty Killer that is really catching fire and has everyone talking is the captivating Mary Death (Christian Pitre). Drifter and Mary aren’t just colleagues in the Bounty Killer game, the two have a past. We learn that it was Drifter who trained Mary in the ways of the Bounty Killer. Working together so closely was a catalyst for the two to eventually become involved romantically. But the dynamic of their relationship changes drastically when Drifter has a death warrant put out on him! Is Drifter actually a white collar criminal himself?
- Caddyshack: Drifter, realizing something is not right with the Council, decides to set out on a treacherous trip to the Council of Nine’s headquarters to appeal the death warrant and see if his hunch about the Council is accurate. Drifter gets some help from a persistent fanboy named Jack LeMans (Barak Hardley). Jack offers his services as a “gun caddy” and proves to be a useful sidekick as Drifter battles gypsies, crosses the Badlands and evades Mary Death, who feels betrayed after she learns the Council wants Drifter dead. The LeMans character provides a great deal of comic relief in a movie that is already filled with dark humor.
- Familiar Faces: While Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre and Barak Hardley are not household names, Bounty Killer incorporates some familiar faces that movie fans will instantly recognize like the one and only Gary Busey (Eye of the Tiger). Busey plays a stooge to Kristanna Loken’s character Catherine, another woman who has a past with Drifter. Loken is probably best known for her role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and more recently from Mercenaries… Another character instrumental in assisting Drifter in his quest to get to the Council is his old race car racing buddy, Jimbo. Jimbo is played by Abraham Benrubi, who I will always remember as Kubiac from the 90’s sitcom Parker Lewis Can’t Lose… Beverly D’Angelo (Shooter) plays the proprietor of The Thirsty Beaver, once a hot spot for the Bounty Killers and now a safe haven for Mary Death… And last but not least, Eve (xXx) plays the gypsy queen Mocha Sujata.
If you let Bounty Killer slip under your radar, correct that at your earliest convenience, especially if you are a fan of gratuitous amounts of blood, gore, violence and most importantly, fun. The Mary Death character is worth the price of admission alone. Christian Pitre is stunning and she comes across as a legit badass. Mary Death absolutely steals the show and probably more than a few hearts of those watching. I can only hope we get to see more of Mary Death in the future. It is definitely teased as Bounty Killer wraps up.
And speaking of wrapping up, it is time for your Bounty Killer Bonus Bullet Points…
- Graphic in Nature: While watching Bounty Killer it felt like a graphic novel come to life and for good reason. The movie is based on a graphic novel published by Kickstarter Comics in 2013.
- Product Placement: Jimbo is reluctant to help his old friend Drifter cross the Badlands, until Drifter pulls out a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon, then Jimbo can’t say no.
- Disturbing Quote: “It smells like a fat man’s rotting yarbles.”
- Best Death: Bounty Killer features THE best death by corporate logo that I have ever seen.
- Fan Friendly: Mary Death is always willing to sign autographs for her adoring public. We here at Bulletproof Action always love to hear feedback and suggestions from our readers. It was actually one of our Twitter followers, Dic Rattlehead, who suggested I check out this movie and I’m glad that he did. You can follow him @ThrashusMaximus.