|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|Index||18 reviews in total|
Another action movie where one man messes up with a lot of people and
he shows what he can do on his own. This guy's name is Frank, but we
will remember him as Bullet, and he is a cop. Not a usual cop, though..
They kidnap his grandson, he gets angry and he is going to do anything
to get him back to his mother. The lead actor is Danny Trejo. I really
appreciate him, I like his face and the way he is acting in action
movies. He looks quite badass. Well, I prefer the "Machete" style, but
he is OK at this movie, even as a cop.
Don't expect too much from this movie. There are definitely better at this kind, but you won't be disappointed. Its short lasting (1 hour and 20 minutes) helps the viewer to watch the movie without getting bored. If you have seen a lot of action movies and you are trying to find another one to see, give this movie a chance, I think that it won't be harmful. But don't expect too much from that particular movie. If you get bored at the beginning, don't shut the film down, because it's getting a lot better at the last 30 minutes.
Not bad, not great.
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 US version.
I like a lot of direct to DVD movies, and I also happen to like Danny Trejo, so I thought that I would enjoy "Bullet". But it turned out to be one of the worst movies I've seen for quite some time. The signs of a troubled production are quickly made evident by the opening credits, which list five (!) writers - too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many writers result in the movie having a lot of moments that are somewhat unclear or don't make the least amount of sense. The low budget also hurts the movie at times. While there are some bits that look very slick despite the low budget, often the movie looks underlit or has rotten photography. Also, the decision to use CGI for bullet wounds just doesn't work, with the splatter looking really phony. The movie is also directed with low energy, with the action mostly coming across as flat and not the least bit exciting. The low energy behind the camera may also explain why Trejo seems to be phoning his performance in instead of going all out. In short, this is pretty lame stuff.
I love to see Danny Trejo acting, so I'm familiar with almost all of his movies. This movie in particular have a common plot but in a different manner, what makes this a 4.5-5.0 rating is the poor directing, many scenes were bad and never made again, in other words with a good director this movie would get a 5.5-6.0 rating. Danny Trejo is Danny Trejo. What else can you say? That stoic face delivers good lines and those hammer-fists deliver country-boy style beat-downs. You can just tell these two guys, along with the rest of the cast, had a boatload of fun making this action packed film and prove once again that producers don't necessarily have to use high-end special effects and martial arts to make a great action flick. Give me a good story and some solid acting like this film delivers.
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.
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!"
This movie will keep you interested only if you are the action lover. There's actually nothing new in the story. But one can always watch it as a time pass action flick. It's a revenge story without intense action and thrill. Although the movie is a cheap one, it doesn't look that way. The storytelling feels a bit messy at some parts but the movie is pleasant because of it's simplicity. Both the hero job and villain job are okay and it's what needed for an action movie. Visually, the movie is quite peaceful. For me, it was just an average movie, nothing more, nothing less. There are lot better movies than this, and you won't lose anything if you miss it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Writer & director Nick Lyon's "Bullet" looks like a Nicolas Cage crime
thriller without Nicolas Cage. Instead, producer Robert Rodriguez cast
likable veteran character actor Danny Trejo as eponymous LAPD detective
Frank 'Bullet' Marasco. Marasco has to rescue his adolescent grandson
from a ruthless, trigger-happy, cartel chieftain, Carlito Kane
(seasoned heavy Jonathan Banks of "Beverly Hills Cop") and his
loquacious Teutonic sidekick Kruger (Torsten Voges of "The Lords of
Salem") who like to wave their guns around and threaten our rugged
hero. If you have any doubts that Carlito is a hopeless dastard, you
won't after he beats a small-time drug dealer to death with a golf
club. When our hero isn't struggling to recover his grandson, Mario
(Kyle Villalovos) he has to prove to his peers that he did not murder
three fellow police officers as well as help his junkie daughter
Vanessa (Tinsel Korey) kick a narcotics habit. Ironically enough, the
daughter had cleaned up her act and then the villains snatched her son
and she reverted to her bad ways. Carlito grabbed Marasco's grandson
because it was Marasco's testimony that prompted Manuel's conviction.
Lyon and three co-scribes, Ron Peer of "Goodbye Lover," rookie writers Byron Lester and Matthew Joynes, recycle all the usual clichés in this contrived crime thriller. Our hero turns in his badge, like John Wayne did in "McQ," goes out and gets arms from the underworld type, and metes out vigilante justice that seals the fate of several villains. Nevertheless, despite its low-budget look and formulaic plotting, "Bullet" isn't bad for a bullet-riddled kidnap & extortion thriller. Banks' bald-headed hood orders the abduction of the daughter of California Governor Johnson (John Savage of "The Thin Red Line") so Kane can compel the state's chief executive officer to release his notorious son, Manuel Kane (Eric Etebari of "2 Fast & 2 Furious"), who is scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lyon orchestrates several interesting but obstreperous shootouts and some of the dialogue is actually memorable. The German villain Kruger has some funny lines, too. Mind you, "Bullet" is nothing special, but a robust cast and a trim 87-minute running time compensate for the familiar nature of the plot.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Good cop gets accused of being a bad cop, good cop gets angry, hands in
badge, goes out on his own and gets all the bad guys, including the
really bad guy (naturally, he goes down last), dodging all the bullets
and saving the day (and his nephew). Heard that one before? I'm sure
you have. So have I. Been there, done that.
Sometimes I get the feeling that the gun manufacturers in the USA finance movies just to show off their arsenal of weapons - especially when there's a scene in the back of a low-dive bar where all sorts of weapons are on display, shining like diamonds, for the good cop to choose from. I think the only smart phrase in the whole movie is when good cop meets naughty daughter at the detox center and addresses the recovering folks: "Remember, work the steps because the elevator is broken". Every other scene and piece of dialogue is deja vu all over again. No smart twists in the plot, nothing. Pity, because I like Danny Trejo - his ragged looks, his style, the characters he portrays. I just think he stands out more in supporting roles than as the man in charge of operations.
I really appreciate Danny Trejo in everything he does, or should i say
more or less. The guy usually have good screen presence even when
relayed to a supporting cast, or even close to an extra.
But this movie... The general plot on paper does not sound bad at all. Classic... VERY classic sure, but there is plenty that could be done with it.
But the execution is sloppy, like very sloppy, in everything. The story, the gunfights, the bare knuckles fights. Trejo does not look like a one man army on a mission like for example Liam Neeson in Taken, he just look like a tired old man and there is full of clichés that does not help its cause either. Like bad guy have could shoot him, but decide to for ... we don't know why? Its really one of those very low budget movie that really do not deserve a second look. I don't blame Trejo but really the production company and the director.
Oh and i watched a dubbed version, and its really one of those super cheap dubbing in french, where you recognize every one of the voice actors, like there is a total of 10 people or less they employ in that company. And its really mediocre recording and "talents". So yeah this didn't help, but usually they pick very low budget cause if not for them we wouldn't get those movie anyway, as nobody would pick them. So well...
|Page 1 of 2:|| |
|Plot summary||Ratings||External reviews|
|Parents Guide||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|