REVIEWS: Action & Thrillers — December 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

REVIEW: The Baytown Outlaws (2012)

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Celeste (Eva Longoria) hires three outlaw redneck brothers to get her godson back from her husband, after seeing the brothers tear apart a crack house full of armed drug dealers.

The redneck brothers are the “Baytown Outlaws” – the head honcho Brick (Clayne Crawford), crazy McQueen (Travis Fimmel) and giant Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore).

Celeste offers the brothers a big sum of money to get her godson back from her ex husband Carlos (Billy Bob Thornton), who is an influental, ruthless drug dealer himself.

The brothers agree to take the job, but nothing can be that simple in the South. What begins as a small rescue mission turns into a no holds barred survival game.

After the brothers manage to successfully snatch Celeste’s godson Rob (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) from Carlos, all kinds of “forces” after them to get his son.

Soon the three brothers will find themselves being chased by deadly female assassins, native american hunters, federal agents, and what makes matters worse – Celeste did not inform the brothers about Rob’s physical condition, and that ultimately leads to the “Baytown Outlaws” developing close relation to Rob.

baytown-outlaws-2012-2Director Barry Battles scored big with “Baytown Outlaws”, and it is only his first feature film.

Made for $4 million, according to IMDB, the film packs just about enough of everything to keep you entertained for some 100 minutes.

The casting is great. Billy Bob Thornton fits his part perfectly, just as does Andre Braugher, in his part of a southern sheriff Henry Millard.

Eva Longoria doesn’t have much to do with her character, but she does add some starpower to the film.

Regarding “Baytown Outlaws” themselves, if you can handle the southern accent – they’re fun to watch, and they’re carrying the film with confidence.

What was nice to see in particular, is the sense of “family” between the brothers. A bit of a backstory is given on how they became who they are, and that pushes to like them and root for them until the very end.

Zoe Bell and Serinda Swan, who play two leading assassins from the “female gang” that goes after the redneck brothers, have a coupld of great scenes in the film, yet there’s not enough of screen time for them.

Despite lack of screen time, the “bar scene” with the female gang and the brothers has to be seen to be believed.

“Baytown Outlaws” is made, as it may seem to some, in tradition of Tarantino and Rodriquez movies, and what it lacks in story, the film compensates with entertainment.

To sum it up, if you like explosive action, the Tarantino-style directing and such films as “Hobo with a Shotgun” and “Machete”, then definitely give “Baytown Outlaws” a look.

BZFILM SCALE: 7/10

 


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