12th Sep2013

‘Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman’ Review

by Jack Kirby

Stars: Fernanda Urrejola, Matías Oviedo, Eric Kleinsteuber, Jorge Alis, Víctor González, Sofía García | Written and Directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza


Written and Directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mandrill, Kiltro, The ABC’s of Death), Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman proudly claimed to be a ‘LatinXploitation’ flick and as such was a Chilean take on the grindhouse revival movement. Starring Matías Oviedo as a hapless young DJ who rubs his gangster boss the wrong way and becomes forced to track down the mysterious, deadly and sexy assassin known only as Machine Gun Woman (Fernanda Urrejola), which is a little more than he is likely to be capable of.

Ruthless Argentine kingpin Che Longana uses everything in his power to stop the woman who wants to kill him – a sexy and bloodthirsty mercenary known as “the machine gun woman” (Fernanda Urrejola). The staggering sum of cash he offers for her head sets in motion an army of hitmen. Caught up in the action is naïve DJ and avid gamer Santiago Fernandez (Matías Oviedo) who overhears a secret meeting with Longana and his henchmen. At this point Santiago s life turns into a violent video game complete with missions, guns, sexy women and brutal violence. His ultimate mission is to bring in the Machine Gun Woman and he has only 24 hours to do it. Written and Directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mandrill, Kiltro, and ABC s of Death)

The whole tongue-in-cheek, ‘it’s so bad it’s good’, deliberately rubbish thing has gotten a little tired I’d say, but I generally rather liked Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman. It didn’t outstay its welcome and the titular character is a fun creation though the film would have benefitted from having her on screen a little more frequently.

It also had a Grand Theft Auto-aping narrative structuring device. Scenes were followed by text on screen announcing missions completed or failed; this videogame aesthetic extended to the final shootout set piece which looked for all the world like your typical third person shooter. Again, this has been done before but I rather enjoyed it anyway.

Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman didn’t take itself too seriously and delivered some thrills and fun shootouts, which was pretty much everything I expected from it. The film is released in cinemas on October 14th before hitting VOD, DVD and Blu-ray on October 14th courtesy of Clear Vision.


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