Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Accion Mutante (1993).
Lets get one thing out of the way before I begin this review. This movie isn't a horror film in any way, shape or form. It is an incredibly black comedic science fiction tale with lashings of gore and very un-politically correct humor. The movie plays out very much like a Troma movie, and is so much fun, you really do forget about what genre of movie you are watching, and just sit back and enjoy the very wild ride.
Accion Mutante tells the story of a group of disabled/deformed people who are actually a terrorist group called...you guessed it, Accion Mutante. Fed up of being outcasts in a society that favors the beautiful over the disfigured, the terrorist group drive around in a disused ice cream truck, and lead murderous raids on the rich and beautiful. Their latest mission is to kill an entire wedding party, and kidnap the bride. As the movie continues, we see loyalties falter and many meet their demise. We also get to meet a mutant cat!
Although the movie might sound cliche, I couldn't believe how fresh the whole thing felt.The movie is violent, hilarious and filled with great special FX and wince inducing humor. There is no way anyone can even guess where the story is heading next, and absolutely nothing is off limits (just check out the scene where a group of deformed people see a woman for the first time).
The characters in the movie are incredible, and while very few are likeable, most end up being hilarious in their maliciousness. It is incredibly obvious that the movie is interested in creating humor and gross out moments than developing it's characters into people the viewer can identify with.
The movie also features a political streak. I feel it was trying to say that everyone should be able to do what they want and not be ostracized for being crippled, deformed or having a mental/physical disability. Unfortunately, this does get lost amongst the gore and gross out humor, but it is still recognizable to the eagle eyed viewers out there.
While not for everyone, Accion Mutante will certainly appeal to fans of Alexandro Jorodowski and Troma, with it's outright weirdness and penchant for over the top characters and splatter. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth a viewing by all fans of underground cinema.