BBFC Classification: 18
Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
Starring: Fernanda Urrejola, Matías Oviedo, Jorge Alis, Sofía García
It’s all in the title, right? Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman is a ballsy little exploitation film from Chile that centres around a nightclub DJ called Santiago (Matías Oviedo) who overhears the local mob boss Don Che Sausage trying to arrange a hit on his ex-girlfriend and infamous assassin The Machine Gun Woman. In a bid to save his life for eavesdropping, Santiago agrees to find the much sought-after hitwoman and bring her to the gangster but Santiago soon finds himself in over his head once he finds his target and he must bargain for his life.
A simple story to be sure, but what raises BMTHOTMGW above most of its exploitation brethren and makes it so much fun is the way it adopts a video game style of narration to help move it along. Giving a nod to Grand Theft Auto early on, each character is introduced with a graphic to show how much bounty they have on their head and as the story progresses Santiago is seen driving around the city via a third-person viewpoint whilst the details of his current mission flash up on the screen. In a film so rooted in 1970s filmmaking styles and techniques, having (relatively) modern graphics and media represented so vividly may seem a little incongruous but it works tremendously well, helping the narrative move along at a cracking pace without the need for exposition.
Naturally there is plenty of gratuitous violence to go along with all the scantily-clad excitement and thrilling car chases, all wrapped up in a tight 73-minute package that starts, does what it sets out to do and then finishes without dragging anything out. The GTA stylings will either please you or wind you up but it sets the film apart from most of the other ’70s-inspired grindhouse tributes out there, and films like Hobo with a Shotgun, Desperado and Machete (or pretty much anything that Robert Rodriguez puts his name to) are a good reference point. BMTHOTMGW doesn’t do anything that hasn’t been done before but it’s a short sucker punch of a trashy movie that knows what it is and revels in it. Enjoy!
Special Features: Behind the Scenes featurette, theatrical trailer.
UK Release Date: 14th October 2013