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Posted on 4/06/12 08:47 PM
Abel Ferrara's follow up to The Driller Killer is a major step up, and one of his best films. Working on a larger (though still relatively small) budget, Ms. 45 is more stylish and ambitious.
The film stars Zoe Lund (who would go on to co-write Bad Lieutenant with Ferrara) as Thana, a mute woman who is raped twice coming home from work one day. The first assailant (Abel Ferrara himself, in a cameo) gets away, but she manages to kill the second assailant. Traumatized by the experience, Thana takes the second rapists .45 caliber pistol and takes to the streets - using herself as bait to attract would-be predators and kill them.
For a little while, the film is a Death Wish style vigilante flick, with Thana blowing away sleazy guys who try to force themselves on her. But as the movie progresses, it soon becomes apparent that Thana is terrified of all men. At one point, she spots a man on a date with his girlfriend. She follows him home, takes aim at him, and you get the feeling that she really intends to murder this innocent man, until he gets inside before she can take a shot. I won't give away the ending, which takes place at a Halloween party, but I will say that it's a hell of a climax, and Robert Rodriguez paid tribute to it in Machete.
Ms. 45 is first-rate revenge flick and an excellent example of the sleazy 1970s/1980s New York genre of filmmaking. It's stylish, dark, and entertaining. Check it out.