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When I read other positive reviews about this movie, shot with a budget of only $50,000, I was convinced that people were paid to compare it to Tarantino's first movies. Now, I'm a true believer in Director Sam Akina, who was in his late 20's when shooting Ca$h.
I think all of us are used to being let down with low-budget movies a la Redbox. But keep in mind that El Mariachi, the film that launched the career of Robert Rodriguez, was shot for only $7,000 back in 1992. Ca$h has the same visual style as El Mariachi, including the well-choreographed gunplay scenes. It also reminds me of character-driven movies like Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Mexican bosses, Vietnamese gangsters, Mafioso and Jewish wiseguys create a fun tapestry of characters.
For you to enjoy this movie, leave your Oscar award expectations at the door. Tom Doty's acting is wooden as vengeful ex-convict Cash, who looks like a real-life version of Marv from Sin City. There are plot holes, a few bad special effects, and the production quality isn't perfect. But the movie is simply a guilty pleasure, it's over the top on so many levels that you can't help but enjoy it. If someone ever gives Sam Akina a serious budget and experienced actors, he's destined for big things.
So if you like the earlier work of Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Desperado), Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock, Snatch), give this movie a shot. For all of it's faults, it's still an entertaining movie that men will enjoy.
Cash stops at nothing to get his revenge, killing and destroying everything in his way. The acting was typical grindhouse with the usual fun tough guy statements such as "What are you going to do? Kill us all?" The film includes plenty of killing, blood, and a decapitation. For those who like inane grindhouse action, this one has it. Doty has the toughness of Seagal, but the delivery of Austin. How tough? Check out his shoulder after he was stabbed and walked around with a knife in it. Looks like a small healed scar.
F-bomb, n-word, implied sex, no full nudity (dancers, g-strings, pasties).
Ten years ago, Cash was part of a gang robbing a bank, when he was betrayed by Pablo Valdez (Rodrigo DeMedeiros), under orders from Gonzales. After finding his wife dead, Cash is arrested and spends the next ten years in the slammer. Upon his release, Cash immediately begins his quest to locate Hector Gonzales, blowing away petty crooks, and snuffing the life out of Valdez. Gonzales, once a petty crook, is now a major criminal. Well aware of what Cash is capable of, Gonzales asks his criminal associate Abe Shanks (Phil Randoy) for help, and Shanks sends out his goon squad, as well as some crooked cops to try and kill Cash. Due to some miscommunication, a gang war is ready to explode between Shanks, the Italian mob, and an Asian gang. Although more people are in the picture, Cash is prepared to kill them all, in order to get to Gonzales.
The minimalistic story provides just enough of a framework, for Cash to go berserk and destroy everything in his path. The violence is stylized, without much realism, as Cash should easily be dead a dozen times over. Thom Doty is a fearsome hulk of a man, though he isn't big on dialog, speaking most of his few lines, in a low threatening tone. His acting skills may be limited, but in this role, they are more than adequate.Read more ›
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