Trashy, low budget Danny Trejo action vehicle receiving a brief cinema release before coming out on DVD
Essentially a low budget action vehicle for supporting actor-turned-star Danny Trejo, Bullet is a disposable cop thriller that's receiving a cursory theatrical release before being released three days later on DVD, where it may find a more natural home.
Trejo plays ex-addict Frank 'Bullet' Marasco, a grizzled undercover LA cop who also appears to have a lucrative side-line as a cage fighter, although this seems to be purely an excuse to get in an early shirtless punch-up sequence and is never mentioned again. Having put away the son of vicious drug lord Carlito Kane (Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks), Frank finds himself targeted by the cartel, who kidnap his young grandson Mario (Kyle Villalovos). Framed for murder and with his fellow cops on his tail, Frank is forced to take the law into his own hands in order to save Mario.
As unlikely-looking a movie star as he is a cop, Trejo is nonetheless a surprisingly watchable presence and he at least gets to do more here than he did in either of the Machete movies. Unfortunately, the film itself is all over the place, which may have something to do with the fact that the project was taken away from the director before he finished it. Aside from a dreadful support cast (Banks aside) and unintentional laugh-out-loud dialogue, its biggest problem is that it fails to establish a consistent tone, at one point taking a violent lurch into misogyny that has been absent from the rest of the film (the scene in question seems to have been specifically added to up the exploitation factor). That said, Bullet does occasionally threaten to tip into so-bad-it's-good territory, particularly when Julia Dietze appears as the world's least convincing defense attorney, or when the 70 year-old hero is called upon to run anywhere.
Limited release from Fri 7 Mar.