Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza (2013)

73min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The exploitation genre gets a video-game makeover in Chilean writer/director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza's exuberant action movie. Santiago (Matías Oviedo) is a slacker still living at home who spends his time playing violent shoot-'em-ups when he's not DJing at a club run by an Argentinian gangster. A badly timed trip to the toilet finds him overhearing the mobsters discussing a planned hit, and the only way Santiago escapes with his life is by volunteering to do what they've failed to do: stop vengeful killer the Machine Gun Woman. From there, the movie descends into a live-action Grand Theft Auto, complete with mission chapters, as the timid Santiago must perform all the criminal activities he can do so well virtually, only for real. With its tongue firmly in its cheek (check out the one-man-band assassin), this is less like the Sam Peckinpah film the title references and closer to the early, mayhem-strewn bullet-fests of Robert Rodriguez. Sure it's grimy, gimmicky and over all too quickly, but Fernanda Urrejola's title killer - an impossibly sexy, semi-clad, bullet-spraying fury - is a creation assured cult-icon status.

Summary

A naive video game addict overhears a gangster putting a price on the head of a deadly female mercenary. When he is found out, he persuades the mobster to let him live in return for killing the hired gun - but soon learns she is not going to go down without a fight. Action adventure, starring Fernanda Urrejola and Matias Oviedo. In Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Machine Gun Woman Fernanda Urrejola
Santiago Fernández Matías Oviedo
Che Longana Jorge Alis
Shadeline Soto Sofía García
Flavio Alex Rivera
Jonny Medina Felipe Avello
Mekano Mauricio Pesutic
Pato, the consierge Pato Pimienta
El Choro Meneses Eric Kleinsteuber
Gun Crazy Loyola Victor González
El Chinchinero Guillermo Saavedra
Director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Clear VisionGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Sep 2013
Drama