Bad Ass Reviews
Not a great or bad movie. It's a movie that could had evolved on something much more thrilling but if you just want to relax with nothing too complex to mess around with your head it's a nice movie. At times there were funny moments but not cliché moments of catch phrases that you would see in action romp movies. The script is fairly basic but if you expect it be really sophisticated then you chose the wrong genre. I would consider it better than Machete and recommend if you just want to watch it as a popcorn action flick and have a few laughs.
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.
The story of a decorated Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) was done poorly even for an action movie standards! They could do so much better if they finished and polished a little bit work they've started. A war veteran returns home only to be shunned by society, leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart... ok... sounds familiar... or after forty years an incident on a commuter bus, where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skinheads, makes him a local hero... heard of that?... his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it... enough! If you like what you've just read - check it out! But do not expect shinning in any department...
"Looks like an even better version of Machete I'm excited for this one".
Psh, not even close. At least Trejo is in the crap film.
Bad Ass is not he best movie. But, it is really fun to watch. Somewhat violent and never dull. Trejo just keeps churning out these cool performances and while this may not rank up there, with his other films. Bad Ass is still worth your time.
In the first arc, Frank Vega narrates his life. His early days on a farm, the time in Vietnam, returning to find his sweet heart married to someone else, no one willing to give him a job, starting a hot dog stand, but not branching away from that.
Then we hit the defining event. Two neo-Nazi fools roust an older black man on a bus. Frank decides to stop them instead of letting the other old man get hurt. He becomes a local hero of sorts. Three months later, his mother passes. His friend from Vietnam, Klondike, moves in with him.
Mayor Williams announces a program to clean up Los Angeles, or at least parts of it.
Klondike goes to buy some Camel cigarettes. Sebastian and Terrence, two young low-lifes, are waiting for him. He beats the hell out of them, but they shoot him in return.
Frank interrupts a convenience store hold up. He sees fairly quick action on a case where an Anglo is killed in a robbery. He gets angry about the lack of progress on Klondike's case. He starts investigating on his own. His methods are more than a bit brutal.
The mayor and Panther have an agreement, and Frank gets on their radar. From his investigations, Panther is on Frank's radar. Amber and Frank get a bit friendly.
Frank gives Officer Malark (who did many a ride-along with Frank) a copy of the thumb drive that Klondike gave him for safe keeping. Will Frank's trust prove well placed?
Will Frank catch to Klondike's killer? Perhaps more to the point, will he deal with Panther?
Cinematography: 8/10 Reasonably good.
Sound: 6/10 Between OK and uninspired.
Acting: 7/10 Dutton, Perlman, Page, and Trejo were fine. Patrick Fabian and Joyful Drake were OK, and I liked John Duffy. The minor players were interchangeably useless.
Screenplay: 5/10 This could have been better. I liked the actors by and large, but their lines were not all that good. I found it impossible to believe that a single thumb drive was of any importance. One of the late chase sequences made no sense at all. If Danny Trejo is to have a love interest, perhaps a lady over 50 would be more likely.
Wait... it has to have terrible dialogue and a battle with buses.
Of course... sounds like a brilliant idea.
Frank Vega is a Vietnam vet who is sick of violence in his neighborhood. One day he takes matters in his own hands on a bus and ends up on youtube. He becomes a local legend and receives notoriety and fame beyond his wildest dreams. When one of his friends is killed in gang violence, matters will need to be taken into his hands again.
"Why do all you Mexican's drink that shit?"
"What should I be drinking, malt liquor?"
Craig Moss, director of Breaking Wind, delivers Bad Ass. The storyline for this picture is very mediocre and takes the urban legend in an interesting direction. The action scenes were just okay and probably could have been better. The acting was mediocre and the cast includes Danny Trejo, Charles Dutton, Ron Pearlman, and Joyful Drake.
"I just came from the liquor store. Looks like you wiped your ass with those guys."
I watched a preview for this on joblo some time ago and was excited to see it. I do enjoy watching Danny Trejo for the most part and found the first few action sequences in this picture entertaining; however, the story got stale, extremely unrealistic, and a bit painful at times. Overall, this is an average action picture that is worth viewing only if you are an action genre junky.
"This might sting a little."
They used the bus scenes from RED HEAT! Anyways, it's good to see Trejo get another movie to himself. Nice fanny pack.