Facing Mutant Pigs in Bullets of Justice!

13 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on iTunes, Microsoft, Amazon (UK), Amazon (US), Google Play

Danny Trejo is the Gravedigger in Bullets of Justice (formerly known as Mutant Pig Soldiers), and he’s a father-figure (of all things) to Rob Justice (Timur Turisbekov). The youngin is trying to survive the post-apocalyptic world with Raksha (Doroteya Toleva) and if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear the universe is right out of Palladium’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness. This RPG game has a supplement, After the Bomb, which pits man against mutant in a game of survival.

There’s blood, guts, violence, sex (yes, this movie is not for the kiddies), and mutant pigs. I’d get a kick if there were other animal experiments let loose, but I imagine this Eastern European made film had its limits and a tight budget. It also sets up Trejo as a possible recurring character to introduce other saviours to humanity in this dog eat dog world.

The US government wanted grunts, pardoning the pun, and they also wanted super soldiers when WWIII broke out! The project got out of hand and we have a plot right out of Terminator. Thankfully, the muzzles, as they became known, can’t figure out technology and it’s a role reversal where they’re farming humans for food in a huge game of survival.

Justice is a guerrilla soldier working for the underground resistance, and he eventually finds his quarry. But in who he finds, we’re uncertain in what’s going on anymore. There’s this mysterious figure (Semir Alkadi) who later gets identified as Rafael who steals the show, questions everything like Morpheous in the Matrix, and the ride is just as bizarre as this film’s start. Only he and Trejo’s performances stand out. The rest feel like they’re struggling with the English language; the performances can be better had the film been recorded in its native language of Bulgarian.

I call this film Donnie Darko with Mad Max tossed in. This trip through the looking glass is crazy. It’s not just an exploitation from the mind of the creator Valeri Milev, but also a potential for a new kind of grindhouse from his native country of Bulgaria.

3½ Stars out of 5

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