Review: Blunt Force Trauma (2015)

This new thriller from writer/director Ken Sanzel follows the story of two illegal gun fighters (the type of fight where they use live rounds and wear bullet proof vests for spectator sport).

The film stars Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto and Ryan Kwanten.

the_effects_of_blunt_force_trauma_stillJohn (Ryan Kwanten) is a happy go lucky gunfighter on his way up as he seeks to fight with Zorringer(Mickey Rourke); the biggest name in the game.
He befriends female fighter Colt (Freida Pinto) who is also on a mission to avenge her dead brother and the two embark a dangerous journey together.

This is a story of a dangerous lifestyle that becomes a dangerous relationship and an exploration of what people think they need to do in order to make money and prove themselves.
That said, the story hangs mostly on the shock factor with many convenient plot devices and if it wasn’t for the guns and bullet-proof vests I think it would fall flat. The film does have some beautiful shots and locations and is backed up with a kicking rock score.

Kwanten’s performance is admirable but well matched by Frieda Pinto who explodes off the screen. Mickey Rourke’s cameo as old-school wealthy gunfighter Zorringer is a presence but is all too short lived in the film.

3/5 – An interesting exploration in to the lives of gun-fighters but not much merit beyond that.

Available to pre-order now from Amazon. Out on October 5th.

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