With Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda, Togo Igawa, Gabriella Wright, Akie Kotabe
Written by Joe Lynch & Yale Hannon
Directed by Joe Lynch
Focussed in a single location of an apartment in virtual real time, this intense, violent chamber piece stars the (always delectable) Salma Hayek as the title character and lead protagonist. She is a woman who has been forced into sex slavery by an Eastern Yakuza crime boss, but marked for extermination. However, her survival instincts kick in and she hits back, wiping out the entire gang tasked to eliminate her.
The building is controlled by the crime gang and she is trapped inside the apartment. Knowing she'll die this night, she wants to get a bag of money to her mother (who looks after her daughter whom she'd hardly ever met), but a hit is put on her head and all the prostitutes held on the floor of the building jumps at the opportunity. In addition to that, minions and henchmen, corrupt cops and other pain specialists come at her in waves.
Brutal, intense and noisy, fans of justified female revenge flicks will love this, as Hayek fucks them up six ways from Sunday (while also taking some serious hits), and you really care about her vulnerable but tough character (and relish the bad guys getting it in all sorts of nasty ways).
PS. One of director Joe Lynch's previous movies includes the cult flick Knights Of Badassdom.
4 / B
- Paul Blom