Monday, February 11, 2013

Cherry Bomb (2011)

Number Rolled: 24
Movie Name/Year: Cherry Bomb (2011)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 82 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Kyle Day
Writer: Kyle Day, Garrett Hargrove
Actors: Julin Jean, Nick Manning, John Rodriguez, Allen Hackley, Jeremy James Douglas Norton

Cherry Bomb, played by Julin Jean, is a stripper. She’s attacked in the champagne room by a group of guys one night and learns that the police don’t see fit to believe her account of what happened. After some aid from her brother, Brandon (played by John Rodriguez), she vows revenge on the men who hurt her and escaped justice.

It’s a pretty typical kind of storyline. Girl is hurt. Cops don’t believe girl. Girl gets angry. Girl arms up. Attackers feel pain. That’s pretty much the storyline. I’d flesh it out a little bit, but I just can’t. There’s nothing else to it. It’s like the writer set up a dartboard of everything he knows about action/adventure films, strippers and women and whatever he hit with his dart just kind of got thrown in. Apparently, he’s a bad shot, too.

The actors were horrendous, except for John Rodriguez. He was pretty good. Every other actor, though, I’m going to groan whenever I see their name credited on a movie I watch. I just know it.

So, if it sucked so badly, why the extra “.5” in the overall opinion? There are two reasons. First, this was a low budget film that managed to not seem like it. There were moments that gave up that knowledge, but it didn’t look like patched together home video, the sound was done well and the lighting was pretty spot on. Second, there were a few scenes that were highly entertaining. There weren’t a lot of them, but they were sandwiched between crap, which means they were more appreciated than they would have been otherwise.

It’s a short movie, so it’s not something I’ll outright warn you against, but I certainly wouldn’t suggest it either.

Overall Opinion – 1.5/5

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