Tha trailer looked very good for this movie. And it made resemblance to a Tarantino-movie. And i love that kind of movies. This is not a Tarantino-movie (faaar from it).
The beginning of the movie is fun, looking at a race between horses. I hope it will be more in that "theme". But thats all about the race. In the end me and my friend just hoped the movie would end so we could watch a random movie at TV instead.
But i was charmed. The young actors played well, was cute and had chemistry together. We smiled many times, and the effects was good. The story was OK, and i have never read the story this movie is build on.
This is a good movie i think, and probably they will make more movies so we see how the story will go. I found it fun with the southern small town fun of religious narrowness. And the fight between good and evil is a fight in many of the fantasy-movies, and that was a red line in this movie and worked good.
Fun also to see Emma Thompson, she did a awesome actor-work.
The ladies in this movie are also something special. Sexy, but also smart and brave. The main character played by Danny Trejo is great. And he use his machete so brilliantly that its hard not too laugh when people are split apart.
This movie does also have some intelligent meaning in the way many see immigrants from Mexico. if you like a movie where you can laugh and have fun, eat popcorn and talk about some scenes after a movie, this is the movie. If you don't like Tarantino or other movies done by Rodriquz this is not a movie you should see. And yes, there is a lot of killing in this movie, but the killings are mostly done in a humorous way.
The bad people are like 100% bad. There are not any good in them. They are just rubbish that its better too kill them, than too lets say give a new them a chance or let the police fix the problems. So when this elderly man take revenge, you feel no sympathy with the one he wipes out. And as in the death wish movies you are pleased when the scum are whipped out.
Offcourse in the real world its not as black/white as in this movie. But the movies tell a good story about how it is too live in a neighborhood that are destroyed by gangs. And it tells about the hopelessness that a man can feel - and that its this that makes you turn out and do the "right thing".
The movie is good made, and its also interesting too follow the development in the policewoman as well. And as in death wish, they do not punish the man that take away the "scum" by him self.
The music in the movie is very nice and makes us afraid at the right time. The camera-shots are great and the scene we see in the movie are very well done.
I think the other actors play well also, but it is a bit annoying that we don't learn too understand who they are. Like the woman that works at the hotel. Who is she? We never learn. And why does the policewoman give Kai Koss a new chance so many times and what did she know about his childhood? Who that makes all the murders is not totally clear after the movie. I guess its a bit up to what you think yourself. I have my theory. Thats symptomatic for the movie, because its quite psychological.