Bitch Slap (2009) – By Duane L. Martin

In Bitch Slap, a trio of beautiful women are all searching for different things, but are bound together by the search for one thing…diamonds.  200 million worth of diamonds to be more precise.  They couldn’t be more different.  Camero (America Olivio) is a seriously hardcore, ass kicking bitch, Hel (Erin Cummings) is more thoughtful and practical, but still very tough and the third, Trixie (Julia Voth) is a stripper and more of a girly girl who doesn’t really get involved in much of the violence.  Their search takes them out to a trailer in the middle of a high desert looking area, but what they find there ends up being a lot more than diamonds.

This film is very much like something Quentin Tarrantino would make.  It’s very stylized, very violent, has some great lesbian action and some cool dialogue.  Much of the movie is done in flashbacks that go progressively farther back, many of which were shot against green screens with CGI backgrounds.  These regressive flashbacks take you back to the beginning of the story and explains how all of what’s happening now came together.  Another bonus is that the film includes a small role for Kevin Sorbo.  I became a Kevin Sorbo fan when I watched him on the show Andromeda, and I think a big part of it is the fact that every time I watch him on the screen, all I think is, "God damn I wish I had hair like that!"  Anyway, he plays the head of this super secretive organization that Hel works for.  It’s not a big part, but he plays it well.  In fact, everyone in this movie did a great job with their roles.  They were actually three dimensional characters rather than just cardboard cutouts.

The locations, both real and CGI, really added to the whole feel of the film.  The trailer out in the desert was a nicely selected setting for everything that was going on.  The other two aspects of the film that really made it shine were the dialogue and the violence.  The dialogue was tight and well written in that noirish / Tarrantino style, and the violence…damn it was just simply incredible!  The best part for me was the big fight at the end of the film where Hel and Camero just beat the ever living snot out of each other.  These actresses really pushed it to the wall for that scene and should be highly commended for some bad ass stunt work.

I think my only real problem with the film is how the story is told back to front.  It makes it rather confusing early on.  It’s not until more and more of the story is told that things become clear and you can actually focus more on the main story that’s going on in the present without wondering what the hell led up to it all.  The flashbacks were a little too long and frequent for my tastes as well.  If that much of the story was going to be told in flashbacks, you might as well just tell it from the beginning and lead up to the big climax at the end in chronological order so you don’t leave people wondering through half the film.

The film itself is beautifully shot.  The camera work is excellent and really captures everything that’s going on to a point that you almost feel like you’re there.  At least in the live shots.  The CGI shots, not so much.  They look nice, but they’re obviously green screen backgrounds, so it’s kind of a mixed bad.  Yeah they look nice and tend to add to that dreamy, flashback feel of the scenes, but it also takes away a lot of the realism you have in the live shots, so it almost makes it feel like you’re watching two different films in a way.  Everything else as far as the technicals go are great as well.  The sound is nice and clear, the music is excellent and totally suits the scenes and the editing moves things along nicely and keeps the pacing at the proper tempo, so the film never feels like it’s moving too fast or dragging along.

If you like action packed flicks with tons of violence, great dialogue and really hot, badass chicks, then this film is definitely one you’ll want to check out.

If you’d like to find out more about the film, you can visit the film’s website at http://www.bitchslapmovie.com.