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9 Bullets Blu-ray Review

“9 Bullets” is lacking in every department.

Written and directed by Gigi Gaston, “9 Bullets” is a road movie/action crime thriller with faith based elements. Yes, the mixture of violence and religious undertones is odd to say the least. The story revolves around a retired burlesque dancer (Gypsy) who is looking forward to starting a new life and writing a novel. Alas, her plans are interrupted when she takes in a kid (Sam) whose family is killed by the wealthy Jack and his henchmen. Worse still, Sam is being targeted too. In order to protect him and hopefully find him a safe new home, Gypsy hits the road with Sam, but unfortunately for them, the henchmen are hot on their trail. 

“9 Bullets” is the type of movie that will make you want to put your head in your hands. There isn’t an ounce of originality to the cut and paste story, the dialogue is cringe worthy at best, the direction is amateurish, and the music is so overly dramatic that it’s almost comical. The entire plot is basically one long chase with obstacles along the way as the film not so subtly digs into themes of trauma, new beginnings and love. It’s your basic redemptive character story.

It’s quite evident that “9 Bullets” tries to coast on its star power with Lena Headey and Sam Worthington, but the biggest question is why they are in this movie at all. Headey can (and has) done so much better than this film. It was disheartening to see her as Gypsy as she clearly looked disinterested in the role and made no attempt to have any sort of chemistry with her co-star Dean Scott Vazquez (Sam). Sam Worthington has had a history of bland performances, but he’s fairly decent here. Granted, his character has zero depth, but the actor seemed to relish playing a villain. The supporting cast has some seemingly random inclusions like Cam Gigandet, Barbara Hershey and even Colleen Camp which is honestly the most intriguing thing about the entire hackneyed affair.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

The only extras are 2 Screen Media trailers.

June 6, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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