Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Clif-Notes: The Baytown Outlaws

The Oodie brothers are three, red-neck hillbillies who have a little business going for them: hitmen. And they're pretty good at their job. Assuming they actually find the right people. Business changes though when a lady (Eva Longoria) wants to hire them to retrieve her godson from her ex-husband (Billy Bob Thornton). When the brothers finally arrive for the boy they are surprised to see that he's handicapped, in a wheel chair and unable to speak. There is obviously more to the lady's story than she led on and the brothers are about to find out just how much story she left out.
I imagine this movie was made after somebody watched Smokin' Aces, saw the Tremor brothers and said "Hey, I bet if they had more of a moral compass..." Not to say that's a bad thing, but the connection was pretty much my first thought. Overall, it was a fun movie. Story wasn't the greatest and the acting wasn't anything to praise but the movie had just enough action and humor to make it an enjoyable watch. In that regard, it reminded me of a Jason Statham movie but with much less hand-to-hand action. I really liked the brothers and their relationship with the boy, Rob, even if the connection made is pretty loose and cliche. The brothers face a few gangs from the stepfather and those were pretty old-school cheese but fun: a female biker gang who kill with their sexuality, a horde of black guys who look like they came from Mad Max and a gang of Indians who fight with, yup, you guessed it, arrows (and also guns).
As I said, it's nothing great and a good group will likely find it terrible but I found some awesomeness in that terrible and say this is one that's worth watching at least once.
(And yes, that's Colossus himself as the mute muscle)

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