It’s been 20 years since the corporations took over the world’s governments. Their thirst for power and profits led to the corporate wars, a fierce global battle that laid waste to society as we know it. Born from the ash, the Council of Nine rose as a new law and order for this dark age. To avenge the corporations’ reckless destruction, the Council issues death warrants for all white collar criminals. Their hunters are the bounty killers. From amateur savage to graceful assassin, the bounty killers now compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash. They’re ending the plague of corporate greed by exterminating the self-serving CEO and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution. These are the new heroes.
Make no mistake, Bounty Killer is pretty dumb, but it is the right kind of dumb. Director and co-writer Henry Saine takes us into a wasteland where the corporate CEO’s are the bad guys and the renegades like the bounty killer’s are setting things right for the people. The script is up and down as it has moments where it takes itself too seriously and others where it doesn’t go goofy enough, but it has some genuine charm in places as well. When the gags hit, they are actually quite funny, but when they bomb, you can hear crickets. The action is solid and it has a great look to it despite some obvious budgetary constraints and it never takes you out of the moment.
The ensemble is okay, as Matthew Marsden is fine as a leading man and Christian Pitre as his lady love “Mary Death” did what was required of her, looking sexy in a short skirt while firing a big gun. Barak Hardley provided some decent comic relief where needed. The rest of the cast, which includes Kirstanna Loken, Gary Busey, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin McNally, Alexa Vega, Eve and Beverly D’Angelo were fairly wasted as the film really focused on the leading performances.
Ultimately, Bounty Killer is a fun little action romp that could have been a truly epic one if they had done a little more work on the script and made it click a little better than it did.
Rating: *** (out of 5 stars)