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Our writer Eric watches the new Trish Stratus movie so you don't have to....
Another day, another movie starring a former wrestler. In other words, it’s time for another movie no one has ever heard of being reviewed by yours truly.
Bounty Hunters (or Bail Enforcers, as the movie was called in Canada) starts off at the end of the night as Jules (Trish Stratus) has a gun to her head in an abandoned warehouse. Guns pointed everywhere, everyone’s pissed off - good start! It goes downhill fast. We jump to ten hours earlier to see how the evening went wrong. A trio of bounty hunters take in a small time criminal who convinces them to let him go for information leading to a much bigger target. After finding this poor sucker, Mario, they are contacted by a mob boss who would like them to bring the man to him for one million dollars. Knowing the outcome for Mario, the team must decide if sending a man to certain death is worth the profit they will receive. They decide to make the trade, but - surprise, surprise - things take a turn for the worse and the mafia wants Mario plus the bounty hunters dead.
As the night goes on, Trish gets into a couple of fights with another woman. These are by far the best part of the movie. She really looks comfortable and capable as a fighter. She has a WWE background, and it was exciting to see her kick ass on screen. In the fights, whenever she broke out one of her famous moves from inside the ring, I got more than a little excited.
I cannot decide which part of the movie is the worst. On the one hand, there is the comedic sidekick, Chase (Boomer Phillips). The script is so terribly written that it’s hard to tell if the performance is just bad, or if the writing makes a bad acting job terrible. On the other hand, we see Trish kick the crap out of a bodybuilder in no time flat and hold her own against numerous assailants, including three men in a bar without spilling a drink off her tray. However, she turns into the damsel in distress when the overweight, over-the-hill mob boss points a gun to her head. The Trish from the first 10 minutes of the film would have taken the gun and turned the table in less than 5 seconds. I guess that would have meant there was no need for her two partners in the movie, but that might have improved the quality of the film.
Let’s get one thing straight. This movie is awful. The acting is terrible. But hot damn do I love Trish Stratus. She was the WWE Diva of the Decade and one of the most important female wrestlers of the last 20 years, if not ever. You cannot be a wrestling fan and not be in love with Trish Stratus. However you can be in love with Trish Stratus and not love this movie.