Friday, July 11, 2014

It was all for a Savage Love.

Many times people get love and lust confused with one another. Just because someone wants to have sex with you, doesn't necessarily mean they love you as well.

That's pretty much what Por Un Salvaje Amor (aka "For A Savage Love") is about. It's about a young woman that gets love and lust confused with one another.

By night, Esteban (Sebastian Ligarde) is an assassin for the mob. His specialty is castrating with a scalpel and so he's called "El Medico" by his superiors. By day, Esteban is a pimp and his boss explains to him that the demand right now are prostitutes that are very average looking. The secretary type of look. Esteban then searches in shopping malls for that secretary type of girl so he can round her up in his stable. He manages to find one girl and her name is Julia (Vanessa Yudic). Julia is a young secretary who mostly keeps to herself, but still longs for a good man in her life. Julia at first is contemplated by the job offer Esteban has offered her considering it's prostitution, but since she's very attracted to Esteban, she takes the job and let's him take fully advantage of her and her innocence. Julia, young, naive, and virginal, thinks Esteban really loves her because she gives herself up to him. She thinks all that he does is out of love and "tough" love.

According to the back cover of my VHS copy, Por Un Salvaje Amor was well-received by a hand full of movie critics in Mexico. We got quotes from reviews saying "The most shocking movie of the year" (Revista Enlace), "A movie with audacious scenes" (El Universal), and "A love story with peculiar characters that take their relationship to unimaginable limits" (Esto).  All these quotes definitely sound legitimate since Por Un Salvaje Amor does have peculiar characters and has plenty of audacious scenes. Also it is a love story. A fucked up one for sure though. 

Being a fucked up kind of love story, Por Un Salvaje Amor is very sexual. Very nasty & sexual that is.

When Esteban meets with Julia about the job, Esteban forces his fingers inside Julia's vagina and tastes her. She tastes virginal according to him. When they have sex for the first time, it is indeed the first time for Julia since she was a virgin prior to this. The sex they had was far from average considering they do it in a kitchen counter and Esteban pours a small gallon of milk all over Julia's body and even uses some of the milk as lubricant. Esteban also forces Julia to suck his dick at a crowded restaurant. He can care less if people stare at them. When Esteban is commissioned to kill a rich man, he of course uses Julia as bait. She is forced to have sex with the rich guy, but the rich guy turns out to be a creep since he takes a hot light-bulb and sticks it up Julia's vagina. He's killed afterwards at least.

Por Un Salvaje Amor is a very fucked up and nasty movie, but I still enjoyed it very much since it did indeed have a great story. It also has great characters of course. I really liked Esteban and Julia. Esteban, being fucked up & all, was still likable since he's just very vulgar and he's one hell of a crazy hitman. He dresses up like a surgeon just to cut off penises. Amazing, right? Esteban was played by Sebastian Ligarde and he once again plays a fucked up guy that can still charm women with his good-looking appearance. Julia, I felt so bad for her that I cheered for her salvation. Sadly, she doesn't have salvation, but at least I had the hope for it to happen. Vanessa Yudic's portrayal of Julia was excellent. She's played the same kind of character in other movies (a sexually-manipulated young woman), but in Por Un Salvaje Amor, Vanessa showed off more of her talent as an actress. She was a great actress and this movie really showed that. Sure she was scantily dressed through most of the movie, but even then she still played a fascinating and tragic character. It was a great role for Vanessa and it should be very much appreciated. 

Again and again, Christian Gonzalez impresses me with his earlier movies. Por Un Salvaje Amor is now added that collection of impressive movies made by him. Por Un Salvaje Amor is a movie not to be missed at all. If you liked La Cumbia Asesina (91'), then you will enjoy this movie for sure. Maybe even a little more. 9/10.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Murder In The Texas Bar.

It was just like any other night down at the Texas Bar. Men & women were playing pool and having a few drinks after a hard day's work. All of a sudden, a group of armed-men wearing leather outfits & hockey masks enter the bar and gun down every single bar patrion. Mateo Trevino (Mario Almada), back from serving in the army and haven't set a foot at the Texas Bar in years, enters it at last, but unfortunately witnesses everyone inside murdered. He picks up a weapon that was left behind by a gunmen and ends being caught holding it by the police.

Mateo now accused of slaughtering everyone in the bar, ends up in jail and awaits further prosecution. His brother Fernando ( Fernando Almada) being accused of being an accomplice of Mateo's, decides to break out his brother out of jail and to find the real murderers. Fernando hatches up a breakout plan for Mateo which involves an airplane and rope. The breakout is a success, but finding the murderers of the Texas Bar and getting them prosecuted is difficult considering the murderers are a group of drug traffickers known as the "Cobras", and its leader Tony (Jorge Reynoso) is a very powerful man that has the local authorities on his payroll. When Mateo's love child is murdered by the Cobras and everyone else they're close with, him and Fernando decide to bring down all the damn Cobras with their copious collection of shotguns & rifles.

Shot back to back with Siete En la MiraRafaga De Plomo (aka "Murder in the Texas Bar" and "Cobra Gang") is filled with lots of gun-firing action! So many rifles, pistols and shotguns are fired throughout the entire movie. As cool as the action is, the plot in general wasn't just as cool. It was kind of slow and some things didn't make sense since a lot of the plot was vague. Either way though, Rafaga De Plomo is still a lot of fun to watch since there's so much gun-firing action! Ah!

Like I mentioned before, this movie was shot back to back with Siete En La Mira considering both movies were directed by Pedro Galindo III, filmed in Brownsville, Texas and most of the cast from Siete also appear in Rafaga. So with that, watching both movies after one another would make one hell of a double feature! Don't miss out on Rafaga De Plomo, guys. Same with Siete En la Mira of course! 6/10.