Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman is released on the LatinXploitation label and that hints in one word the sort of film you can expect.
Fernanda Urrejola plays the titular heroine, while resident local DJ, Santiago Fernández (Matías Oviedo, who’s a spitting image of Tom Hollander) is simply a man who uses a bar toilet and overhears a conversation from three bad guys putting a hit on the Machine Gun Woman, and the reward is 300m pesos. Unfortunately for Santiago, one of those three men is Che Longana (Jorge Alis), dubbed “Don Che Sausage”, so despite him originally wanting to hire her, he ends up being a wanted man instead.
There’s two things you must know about The Machine Gun Woman. First… she is a woman. Second… she’s handy with a machine gun. Oh, and she also walks around seemingly in her underwear and thigh high leather boots.
Filmed, in part, in a shameless style to the Grand Theft Auto series, it looks like it was made on a budget of £10 and is so “B-movie”, it falls most of the way down the alphabet! That said, it does make for a moderately entertaining 73 minutes.
There’s also a point where Santiago drives off to have a bit of a think, around an hour in and this seems to be accompanied by music that sounds a bit like the theme to John Craven’s Newsround.
The disc that was supplied to me was a check disc with no menu or chapters, but there are English subtitles… only because the film is in Spanish.
Also, while the picture is fine, the sound, according to my Blu-ray player, claims to be DTS 5.1 but I can’t tell anything over and above a basic surround mix for the most part, except when the final scene kicks in and then the bullets do fly around the speakers.
And, the disc label seems to indicate there’s a behind-the-scenes segment and a trailer as extras, but there was no menu system for me to access them… However, once the film had finished, the Behind The Scenes (3:07) piece began, but it was mostly just some on-set footage, and even then a lot of it was silent. Then came the Trailer (1:37), which was exactly what you expect. No expense spent on the extras, then.
Most annoyingly, Clear Vision, you’ve supplied a check disc which has a time-counter on top. How are reviewers meant to review the quality if they’ve got that junk over the picture?!
If I’d known in time to get a better disc, I’d have requested that, but the release date was due and I wanted to see a gun-toting chick in black leather and little else. Next time, I’ll pass, though.
Running time: 73 minutes
Released: October 14th 2013
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
Producer: Nicolás Ibieta
Screenplay: Ernesto Díaz Espinoza
Machine Gun Woman: Fernanda Urrejola
Santiago Fernández: Matías Oviedo
Che Longana: Jorge Alis
Shadeline Soto: Sofía García