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Bad Ass (2012)

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Bad Ass is a movie starring Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, and Ron Perlman. 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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Vega
... Panther
... Officer Malark
... Amber Lamps
... Martin
... Klondike Washington
... Father Miller
... Tatiana
... Juanita Vega
... Renaldo
... Marissa (as Patricia Deleon)
Frank Maharajh ... Detective Shah
... Lindsay Kendall
... Frank Vega (17-25 yrs)
... Attorney


Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It's not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he's suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They messed with the wrong senior citizen.


Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some torture, pervasive language, and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agir Abi  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The lines "I need an ambulance!" and "You're leaking" are a reference to the original Youtube video this movie is based on. See more »


A stuntman for Panther is clearly visible several times during fight scenes with Frank. See more »


Mayor Williams: And enough with the long text messages. What's up with those fucking happy faces. I hate that shit.
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Followed by Bad Ass 3: Bad Asses on the Bayou (2015) See more »


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Not Bad But Not That Good
27 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a low-budget entry in a sub-genre. The Geriatric, OG, Geezer, violent Vigilante Movie. With the aging Baby Boomers we are likely to see quite a few more. It has always been cathartic to see Superheroes and maybe regular Folks standing up to oppression and intimidation. From Robin Hood to Batman to Paul Kersey to Harry Brown, we get satisfaction from their noble efforts.

In this one Danny Trejo gets to show some good acting chops as an against type, soft spoken, good hearted Bad Ass. He is quite good here with more range than usual and demonstrates why he has so many devoted fans.

The Film itself is not very well constructed and has some barely needed and sometimes embarrassing subplots, like the fetching Female neighbor with the cute and wise-cracking Son. But the action is acceptable and quite violent at times.

Not a bad Movie but does not quite rise to the level of a Cult Movie with staying power or a gritty real-life Noir. It really does not know what it wants to be and for that matter and that lack of direction the Film fails to be better than a standard B-Movie.

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