Bulletface is interesting and entertaining for lots of differentreasons, and knowing in advance this was a movie shot in 5 1/2 days andfor around100,000 dollars I found that it exceeded every expectation Ihad while loading the disc up in my player. And, as many films directedby Albert Pyun do, it subverts those same expectations and delivers awell told hard boiled tale of vengeance and spinal fluid. Now, with atitle like BULLETFACE, one of the catchiest titles I've ever heard, onemight expect action and violence galore. Not so much, though there isplenty of emotional violence, sexual violence and one wicked spinal tapsplat scene-the action quota is low, though they are well staged adrive characters along in their 60 hour sled ride to hell. This is agood thing. Bulletface is a film that relies heavily on the mood andambiance to move the film where a seventeen minute gunfight would in aclassic late 80s action film. Luckily, Pyun is great at exactly thiskind of film. Overall, this movie is a solid low budget noir with somevery strange elements tossed in to set a weird tone that is unique tothe best films of Albert Pyun.
It is hard not to be aware of the budget on a project like Bulletface,but I found it one of the films strengths. While it relies on characterand mood, the director and filmmakers do not appear to be limited byfinancial constraints by going for more than they can achieve. AlbertPyun has shown a great reach with his rather unique imagination overthe years, and it is nice to watch him work seemingly within his graspat all times. While it is always nice to be able to do whatever youwould like, this film doesn't feel like there are scenes that arehyper- extended past the means at the creators disposal. Good planning?Probably, but there is actually not one sequence where I found myselfrolling my eyes thinking how much better something probably looked onpaper than what I just watched. The only major splatter effect isexcellent-and there is one particular optical (the OD on Red Eye) thatI thought was interesting because it was so simple.
With the characters of Bulletface being the quirky batch they are, itwas essential to the films success, and that five day schedule, thateveryone be spot on straight away. The entire film could have failedwithout a strong performance from Victoria Maurette, but the rightgamble was taken and she knocks the bad girl on the right side of thelaw gone to the wrong side of the law to beating down all sides of thelaw woman with an amazing ease and sure handedness I'm actuallyshocked. She gets cool as ice, wild as fire and then shows just enoughvulnerability when it is called for that she probably not onlyinterpreted the script, but made it much better. Pyun should be in lovewith her face, because it is great to both look at in pictures andwatch in action. Eddie Velez as the main villain is also excellent,from tough guy to giggling maniac as he watches one of his girls get aspinal fluid injection rejection.
The Ever Roving Pyunondrome... Some love him, some hate him. I thinkthe more unique he goes, the better the films become. Bulletface splitsscreens. Also, the freeze frames...ah, I love them. Seriously, the wayhe uses both the freezes and the caption updates is why I watchBulletface and not Remains of the Day. Many don't, I get it...but forme, the less flourishes, the less PyunAtronic the movie is.
And finally...SEX. Self distribution opens the door to upping the ante,and Bulletface goes right for the sleaze gusto. Extremely graphic rapescenes but also extremely effective as character motivation. Vile and abit shocking it places the viewer right in the head of the protagonistin the worst possible way. Don't think these are your typical R- Ratedshenanigans. Dara's bisexuality plays a big role in the script-as womenand men both promise to screw her (or screw her over) at differentpoints and for different reasons. While that may be somewhat overplayedin my opinion, the equal opportunity debasement of the rapes-and hersubsequent reactions to sex are done really well.
So, there you have it...lots of little pieces in a film that I reallyenjoyed. The only other thing that needs mentioning is the way you willfind this film. I've mentioned all the extras, and you are getting astunning amount of material for very little money, but you are alsoworking with the filmmakers in a sense. Like another cinematic mayhemmaker, Jess Franco, Albert Pyun is trying to work with a little, makethe movies he wants to as best as he is able to, and then get them tothe audience that wants them, or may want to try something reallydifferent. For me, this is going to be fascinating to watch. So muchmedia is now at our fingertips that our hands will have to evolve in tosize 78 oven mitts to hold it all-the chance to actually supportsomeone that I've enjoyed watching for so long and see what they cando...very cool and exciting.
For me, Bulletface, The Special Edition Five Disk Set is far from over,3 disks down and 2 more discs to go!
I have watched and enjoyed Albert Pyun's movies for years. In fact thefilms he directed for Full Moon Entertainment are personal favorites("Dollman", "Arcade") of mine. So when I saw his latest film advertisedon his new website, I was intrigued enough to purchase a three daystreaming pass and see "Bulletface". I must admit that when I first sawthis film I did not like it. I thought Albert Pyun had hit a low pointin his career with "Bulletface".
If his name hadn't been attached to this feature, I would have assumeda porno director had decided to make a mainstream film and used hisusual porn talent to do so. Not that "Bulletface" uses excessive softporn or anything. It's just that HD is equated with porn features andthe above average in looks actors and actresses look like they came outof the porn industry. Actually there are some soft core flashbackscenes that do use porn actresses.
But on repeated viewings, I saw Albert Pyun's genius seep through andchanged my initial impression.
I won't go into a plot rehash, just a brief description. "Bulletface"is a Film Noir with a female lead who after serving two years in aMexican prison is looking for her brother's murderers. The action movesalong at a good pace. The reason it gets better with multiple viewingsis because the film is structured in such a way that one missespertinent info because everything is thrown out there at a pretty quickclip.
I would suggest seeing it twice, at the least. A third time for AlbertPyun fans who want to appreciate his genius at making so much with solittle to work with.
Sure as hell glad I didn't PAY to watch this awful movie. Waste ofbandwidth downloading it !! Take my advice ......... avoid this likethe plague. I watch movies to be entertained and this one certainlydidn't do that. The acting was dreadful, the soundtrack obtrusive, theplot - non-existent and it used up two hours of my life I'll never getback ! Gratuitous porn and violence do not a movie make. It doesn'tinspire anyone to take a (touristy) trip to Mexico/California or totrust anyone with a badge, from whatever agency they're members of.Once in a while an excellent movie comes along but this ain't it ! Thismust be an actor's/director's/script writer's/"what not to do in amovie" guide. I can't say I've ever watched such a bad movie, how theheck it ever got released is beyond me. Whoever put up the money forthe movie, the executive producer/s, sure got ripped off, I'll wagerthey got nil return on their investments.User: vikpk
Plainly awful. I did not finish watching it. The editing is so bad, andin addition there are titles all throughout the movie showing us who'sname is what. Good move in a sense, because it is near impossible tofollow the story, or a story, as far there is one. But I forgot all oftheir names anyway because there was no reason for me, or a chancegiven me by the director, to remember them. The camera is shaky, theacting is keeping you aware that these are actually actors and all isstaged. The rape scenes are brutal and haunting - but how hard is to doa rape scene to shock viewers? I read somewhere in the trivia that thewhole flick was shot in 5 days on a minimal budget. No kidding! Thereis "low-budge" written all over it and it is sheer disrespect for theaudience. The movie makers of this one should not quit their day jobs.User: dschmeding
I have rarely seen a movie that made me itch to turn it off in thetitle sequence but "Bulletface" sure did because the title sequence islike 20 Minutes long and already showcasing some of the most irritatingand uneven editing I have seen for a while. The constant use of freezeframes without any explicable reason, the rapid time jumps and splitscreens (most of the time also not conveying any atmosphere orinformation) and the names of actors and characters written on screenalong with changing locations made it hard for me to grasp when thetitle was over and the movie began. To me the first 20 minutes were atitle collage that was incredibly boring while introducing dozens ofuseless editing gimmicks that were meant to make it edgy and thrilling.
After all they continued that... for example with the ridiculousspecial FX of people dying from the wonder drug that they used amillion times so you were sure to see how bad the FX really are.
I won't waste any time on the plot, you can read it in the synopsis.The fact that the lead character "Bulletface" gets shot into the facewhich must have been grazing shot but leaves a clear hole in her cheekis ridiculous enough to hate the movie and it just goes on like that.Bad action sequences, mediocre acting and a constant trying to havelooks and atmosphere of movies like Bourne Identity which fails on thesilly soundtrack that makes you feel like there must be actionsomewhere but you can't find it anywhere on screen.