Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane
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The filmmakers did an excellent job of creating two realistic leading characters and giving them a plausible world to inhabit. The movie is by no means short of action, but does not use fist fights and car chases as a end in and of themselves, but rather uses them to advance the plot.
Roger Ebert roundly criticized the ending of this film, I believe using the expression, "An exercise in desperation," but I felt that the ending was both entirely appropriate for the setup leading up to it and original.
Blood Guts Bullets & Octane is an exciting movie that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys smart action movies.
Fortunately, I firmly believe that Joe Carnahan's "Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane" does not stink in any way, shape, or form. Is it low budget cheap? You bet, but it's also hilarious in spots and ultimately entertaining. The film follows the misadventures of two inept used car salesmen named Sid French (Joe Carnahan himself) and Bob Melba (Dan Leis). As the picture opens, we see these two schmucks fast talking customers out in the lot. It's a hilarious scene that really captures the essence of how the public perceives the bottom feeders that sell used cars. Then the movie gets to the nitty gritty.Read more ›
I don't know any of the cast, but most of them have lots of charisma.
Some may grouse that this movie was too self-conciously indie, too derivative of Resevoir Dogs or is just an ambitious person's calling card - but in my mind, it puts a lot of big movies to shame. It's certainly better than anything that goes direct to video.
If you wanted to improve this movie (remember, we're dealing with newbies here), the FBI personnel were used to tell the story. Their role as the storytellers was a little wooden, too obvious and not all that necessary - so I would trim their parts down.
BGB & Octane is no exception, Carnahan is unfettered by obtuse studio executives and commercially driven rewrites.
The fast scene pacing, grainy restrospection shots and dialogue jumps off the screen.
This movie is true quality, no overacting or pretention.
I have a heightened appreciation for the nuances of his portfolio after watching this.
The result? A cocktail with the sweet flavor of ambition but the aftertaste of a Quentin Tarantino/David Mamet knock-off.
It's not that the dialogue doesn't work; if anything it works too much, is too frenetic, too hyper. Whereas early Tarantino and Mamet use language to explore human emotion and build character, Carnahan uses it to make his characters sound snappy and witty but without revealing any true depth. He seems willing to have the characters use as many words as possible to get their ideas across, trying to mask it as characterization. It's like asking your buddy what he wants on his pizza, and your buddy proceeds to itemize every topping imaginable and why pepperoni trumps them all. Dude, just say you want pepperoni and let's phone it in. It gets frustrating, for sure. The non-linear format of BGB&O is another nod to Tarantino. Carnahan has two or three storylines going, another tip of the hat to all the hip post-modern crime indies that cropped up after Tarantino hit the scene in '92. The acting is pretty solid, especially Carnahan himself, who has some surprising acting chops. His direction, along with his eye for stylized shots and skillful editing, prove to be the big strengths of the movie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its not lying about all the flying bullets, Lol....its a great shootem' up movie...I know we liked it.Published 16 months ago by Busdriver 0087
This is a movie that will keep you guessing as to what's going to happen next.Great Indy film that is full of twists and turns.I loved it!Published on July 11, 2012 by J.
For a fast-talking, humorous, gunfight-fest action movie today, it is difficult NOT to take lessons from Scorsese, Tarantino or Guy Ritchie. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by R. K.
How my ratings work:
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply... Read more
For an indie pic, this movie was a lot of fun. There's not a lot of production value and some of the acting could be described as wooden, if you're being generous. Read morePublished on May 3, 2007 by M. Kuffler
"Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane" is a small, independent film full of guns, drugs, money and mystery that tries with all its might to be clever and hip. It doesn't succeed. Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by Amazon Customer
This was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It isn't "clever" dialogue that cracks me up but rather the horrendous film making. Read morePublished on November 29, 2004 by Sergei M. Eisenstein
I was expecting bigger and better things from writer and director Joe Carnahan because he did infact write and direct NARC! Read morePublished on July 12, 2004 by Michael Bolts
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