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Acción Mutante (1992)

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Director:
Álex de la Iglesia Álex de la Iglesia
Starring:
Antonio Resines Antonio Resines
Álex Angulo Álex Angulo
Frédérique Feder Frédérique Feder
Juan Viadas Juan Viadas
Karra Elejalde Karra Elejalde

6.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi Action, Sci-Fi Comedy, Science Fiction
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Review by Ginose
Added: September 24, 2007
Want to know something funny? I love Spanish-language films. By this I mean I love damn near every movie I've seen that was shot in the Spanish language. "El Mariachi", Amando de Ossorio's "Blind Dead" films, not to mention even MORE obscure titles, one of which is the rare gem of "trash" cinema that I bring you tonight.

It is the future. Not a specified future, mind you, but a future of some type... anyway, in this future, beautiful people control everything, and, if you're not beautiful, then you should be working hard to become so. However, beautiful people don't always get what they want, as we see in the films opening. A group of... distinct-looking individuals are busy tying up the President of this future's body-building society, in an attempt to kidnap him. This goes terribly. Having accidentally killed the man they were trying to kidnap, the mutants make a hasty escape. Not long afterwards, the group is reunited with their recently released leader, Ramon Yarritu (Antonio Resines), who has had the torment of watching the news for the last five years, only to see his comrades fail again, and again... and again... but tonight is different. Their plan is simple, break into a party, kidnap the bride (who just so happens to be the daughter of a rich, baked-goods company owner) and hold her for ransom on another planet. This all goes pretty damn well (with the exception of losing two of their members in the kidnapping) until they begin their voyage home... What could possibly go wrong now? Well let's just say Ramon had been doing a little thinking in prison.

One of the few films in history that is so ridiculously intelligent in it's cheesiness that it appeals to almost no group of film-buff. The gore-hounds will love the disgusting amounts of awkward violence and amazing make-up work throughout this film, but will quickly be turned off by the deep amounts of social satire that riddles the film, as well as a lot of plot-developing moments. However, most "Hollywood" film fans will hate all of the cheesy moments you see on screen and will absolutely ignore almost all of the idealistic story-ideas that poke their heads out every once in awhile.
All that in mind, this movie kicks ass.

As a whole the characters are outrageously odd and completely unrealistic (this, however, does not mean the performances are even the least bit off), not to mention, not a single one of them is in the least bit likable. Each and every lead in this film is either and idiot, a scum-bag, or a psychopath. And, let's face it, when a movie has ONLY characters like this, where can they go wrong?
I'd also like to take a moment to comment specifically on Resines' performance: WOW! I mean, you don't ever expect a really high-brow performance in a film like this, but I honestly felt like he lived right into his character. Most of the film I would swear that he was probably just as much of a psychotic asshole in real life, shocking, yes, but few actors care enough for the actual character to concentrate on making their performance perfect for, not only the crew or the audience, but for themselves as well. I know it's a little forward of me to just ASSUME that he purposely lived into the Ramon character, but I just find it too hard to believe that he didn't.
There. I'm done with that.

Aside from the sometimes shoddy cinematography this movie is as appealing visually as it is story-wise. Lots of guns, guts, and gory glory to be found here, as well as some simply beautiful landscapes that fill up the second half of the film, there is a great use of the sun in nearly every exterior shot. I mean, wow, almost every scene looks like it was done at magic-hour, now that was a feat.

All in all this is one of the best foreign b-movies I think I've ever seen, and I've seen A LOT of foreign b-movies. Catch this one if you're ever lucky enough to come across it, it's more than worthy of your time.

8.9/10
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