-Bad Ass is a movie about a Vietnam vet who gains public notoriety when he kicks a bully’s butt on a bus. The movie is inspired by that real event.
The cast includes Danny Trejo as Frank Vega, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman as the crooked Mayor, Joyful Drake and Patrick Fabian.
I like Danny Trejo. He started out in life a bit rough, but made a huge change. As a child, he was a drug addict and criminal, where he was in and out of jail for 11 years. While he was in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight CA prison boxing titles. He successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that changed his life, for the good.
Danny is a true turn-around story. I usually love his characters though he’s not always the primary character in the movies he’s in, he’s always the dependable drug cartel hit-man or someone with guns and knives.
Bad Ass starts in a bus, where Frank watches a few guys get on the bus and knows there will be trouble. But then we get a bit of monologue describing his past that leads up to this point in time. His life is filled with duty and loss. When his friend gets killed and the police end up not doing much about it, he takes action in his own hands.
Movie reviews I’ve seen and user scores I’ve seen online didn’t didn’t give me a good feeling for the movie, but being a Trejo fan, how could I resist?
It’s a slow paced movie with smatterings of over-the-top digital gore and a more mellow Trejo than I’ve seen in movies past. There are a few small gaps of story logic, but there are still some good moments too.
I think this is a movie for the Trejo fan. It doesn’t suck but I’m glad I didn’t go to the movie theater and pay the bigger bucks to see it.
At moments, the one-liners are a bit excessive, but they’re mostly well-planted.
The fight coreography is basic, but not horrid.
Danny and Charles did their own fight scene together.
Ron Perlman plays the crooked Mayor of Los Angeles but doesn’t have a ton of screen time.
The scene where Danny throws the big man out of his own window, the man broke a few ribs in that stunt.
The YouTube video below is what inspired this movie. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll catch where they’ve incorporated bits from the video. Trejo’s garb matches Tom Bruso’s garb. A few terms from the vid make their way into the movie and the rest is just fun, Hollywood embellishment.
This isn’t a high-brow movie nor a top-notch action fest, but it has its moments. Moments enough that I was willing to watch it twice and not be bored to death by it.
Take that as you may… it might make for a good rental, or the missing piece to your Danny Trejo collection.
The Blu-ray had a few extras, running commentary and a short making of with chats with the director and Trejo.