"Violence is one of the most fun things to watch."
At some point, movie addictions will be one of the latest faux maladies to hit the talk show and A&E series circuit. For those who can't get enough of Robert Rodriguez or Tarantino grindhouse fare, then "Bounty Killer" is just the cinematic methadone needed to tide you over until you can get your next fix.
In director Henry Saine's post apocalyptic film, it's not aliens or even emotionless robots that have decimated mankind. No, it's corporate America. I know, right? It turns out their thirst for higher profit margins eventually dovetailed into full out war, leaving the country a wasteland where a mysterious Council of Nine is appointed to bring justice and more importantly hope to a devastated populace. The council employs bounty killers to track down and find these giants of industry and bring them back dead or alive...preferably dead.
These Bounty Killers are like rock stars in a world without TV or the internet. The biggest among them is Mary Death (Christian Pitre), a sexy embodiment of pulp novel and videogame sex appeal complete with garter belt, knee high boots and the ability to kill you before you can blink. She's the ex-girlfriend and current rival of Drifter (Matthew Marsden). They share a history, kisses and maybe a post-coital stabbing or two. When the council issues a warrant for Drifter, Mary must choose between her feelings and the biggest bounty ever, luckily they've got corporate badguys and overly made up nomads called gypsies after them to keep them occupied.
"Bounty Killer" is all kinds of fun, if you're into the B-movies that makes you wish drive-in movies were still around, although you may occasionally want to throw popcorn at the screen, thanks to an underused Gary Busey and an cliched Beverly D'Angelo as a madam with a heart of gold. It's no coincidence that "Bounty Killer" looks and plays like a graphic novel come to life, especially when the director has been the graphic designer for "The Office, "Entourage", and "That '70s Show". The violence is gory and cartoonish, but that's to be expected when you've got bounty hunters tracking down corporate types right out of an Ameritrade commercial.
Bounty Killer" - MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and sexual situations. Running time: 92 minutes. In limited release. Also on Video On Demand.