This review could best be summed up with one sentence:
Joe Carnahan, you demented f&*king genius!
If you’ve seen “Smoking Aces”, you know how incredibly violent and insane Joe Carnahan can take a story, but if you haven’t treated yourself to “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane” you’re denying yourself one of his best works.
The premise is actually similar to Aces in a lot of ways. It starts out seemingly simple in telling the story of a pair of used car dealers down on their luck, and quickly turns into a violent race to the finish.
This was Carnahan’s first movie, and I was introduced to it when I was on my independent kick in the late 90s. This is the kind of movie that makes me love independent films and it is one of the films responsible for my current career path.
For comparison, it’s similar to Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” in tone and slightly in the style, but with Tarantino’s dialogue choices.
Just trust me on this, if you like Carnahan’s work in “Smoking Aces”, or just cool action films in general, do yourself a favor and check out “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane”.
You’ll be glad you did.
William, the Movie Nerdfighter
who wants to just run out and shoot a feature after seeing this movie again