They messed with the wrong senior citizen.
Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It's not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he's suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it.
Would you believe me if I told you someone had the idea to stretch out that one Youtube video of the old guy kicking some kid's ass into a 90 minute film?
Would you also believe me if I told you that not only is it loads of fun, but it has probably the most hilariously bad theme song you'll ever hear on film?
Danny 'Machete' Trejo returns to vigilante mode as Frank Vega, a Vietnam vet who gets a reputation as an ass-kicker when he stops a potential mugging on a bus. When his friend gets murdered and the police do nothing, Frank takes matters into his own hands.
Obviously comparable to Death Wish or Harry Brown, Bad Ass has a keen sense of humour throughout with Trejo showing a bit more range than usual and playing up to the stereotype with a wink. There's a few nods to a few other movies - the final showndown comes straight out of Red Heat - and there's nothing here you haven't seen before but it is great fun. And Danny Trejo carries the film superbly, possibly even better than he did in Machete.
I love films like this! Title says it all! Danny, sporting a bum bag and bad ass beard, is a BAD ASS!!!
Epic Beard man style street justice. I absolutely love how ridiculous this movie is, though you have to be familiar with the tale of Epic Beard Man. I assume, since you're here on the internet, you are. Due to his bus incident, buses were extremely prevalent in this film, though there is no proof the real Epic Beard Man would use a bus as a weapon, since he's got his big meaty fists and all. They also did a lil switcheroo on the bus thugs. Instead of some black hood, it was a couple of bitchy skinheads. I completely understand not wanting to make a movie about an old white man beating up on black kids. All in all, for those of us on public transport in the bay area, some of whom may even know Epic Beard Man, this movie brings a decent amount of fun.
An interesting, fun film as a fan of Danny Trejo, but EXTREMELY misguided as far as tone goes. It can jump from a scene of Trejo just punching the crap out of a group of guys while cheesy mariachi-esque music plays (or the movie's hilariously awful theme song) to Trejo shoving a man's hand down a fucking garbage disposal.
Also, the relation it claims to have to the Epic Beard Man story is rather ill-advised and the movie would honestly have worked much better without any of that shit, since it changed everything about that situation. Seriously, someone thought it was funny that the female lead is named Amber Lamps.
Wow, writing this review and actually thinking about it is making me almost downgrade my rating, so I'm just going to stop right there.
It's "Epic Beard Man" the movie. I really like Danny Trejo, but this film was terrible.
Roller coaster of both bland and awesome scenes. Performances were appropriate. I don't regret the time spent with the movie.
A gormless riff on "AC Transit Bus fight"--an ugly Youtube video where a white man in his 60s fights a black man in his 50s on an Oakland bus. For reasons of insurance, or as an apology, the fight's victor is now a Mexican man, whom wails upon two white supremacists as they harass a black man. Beyond its crass and pained premise, Bad Ass has little else to do with the "AC Transit Bus fight" video, and is just another boring, low-ambition DTV/S vigilante vengeance flick with checks for Trejo, Dutton and Perlman to cash.
A bad b rated movie that isn't very believable. Full of bad action scenes and bad one liners. It even ends in a bus chase.
Danny Trejo is a great character actor, and I always love seeing him pop up in movies.
...That being said, with him as the main lead, he doesn't quite fare as well. Hard to say if he's just not a good actor, or if it was just the direction and writing of the film, but it's just okay. A passable film to kill 90 minutes or so, but that's about it.
It's a ridiculous movie, but like almost everything Danny Trejo does well, it knows it. I mean, there's a theme song that runs throughout with some deep-voiced guy singing BAAAD AAAASS. I'm not sure it's possible to take that seriously.
Danny Trejo is becoming the Mexican, actual-tough-guy version of Bruce Campbell to me. He's often even funny in his own way.
Again, ridiculous, but fun movie.
Not ashamed to say that this is the most fun I've had watching a movie so far this year. (Even if it does shamelessly steal the "city buses playing chicken" scene from RED HEAT).
You'd think a movie starring Danny Trejo kicking people's asses would be better.
Danny Trejo is Bad Ass, a Vietnam veteran, good-for-nothing leisure time superhero.
Full of clichées, overacting and a nonsense plot.
Some good fights and worth watching because of Danny Trejo...
Mal wieder einer der Filme aus der Blindkauf-Ecke meines Pile of Shame. Ich hatte mich bei einkauf nicht viel damit beschäftigt und wusste nicht ein mal wirklich auf was ich mich einlasse.
Aber das war vielleicht nicht einmal so verkehrt. Mit Actionfilmen in denen Danny Trejo die Hauptrolle spielt verbinde ich eher schnelle B-Movie-Action die unterhaltsam ist, ja, ich denke da eher an Filme wie "Machete".
"Bad Ass" weicht davon ab, dieser Film ist kein lustiges den Bad Boys überzogen in den Arsch treten.
Der Film ist recht ernst gehalten und erzählt die, tatsächlich wahre Geschichte, von einem Menschen der einiges an Mut und Zivilcourage besitzt.
Klar, die Story ist nichts besonderes und ist auch nicht so weit von den üblichen B-Movies entfernt. Allerdings wird die ganze Sache wesentlich ruhiger angegangen. Eine angenehme Abwechslung.