Directed by: Craig Moss
Starring: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman, Joyful Drake, Patrick Fabian
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Running Time: 90 minutes
Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars
Finally a film that lives up to its title! “Bad Ass” is totally bad-ass (sorry, couldn’t resist). Danny Trejo is one of my favs and really kicks some major ass in this film. I thought he was awesome in “Machete”, this film gives it a run for its money. I found myself completely sitting on the edge of my chair, laughing and routing for Trejo. Yes it is cheesy. Yes it is campy. But if you are looking for a fun time and complete over-the-top action, do not miss “Bad Ass”.
The film follow Vietnam War veteran Frank Vega (Trejo) who after stopping hate crime on a city bus, footage of him beating down goes viral online and become an overnight celebrity. The fun does not last long when his best friend is murdered and the police are not willing to find his killer. Vega decided to put his new Bad Ass nickname to work and hit the streets in pursuit of some ole’ fashion justice!
The Blu-ray presentation itself is impressive. It’s video resolution on the 1080p looks good and comes with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio also impresses with its DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. I mean how can you not laugh in when Trejo walks down the street in slow-motion with his own “Bad Ass” theme song in the background blasting through the surround speakers. The special features included are not as great as the film. They only have included an audio commentary track and a brief behind-the-scenes featurette “Birth of Bad Ass”.