Boone the Bounty Hunter is more than a movie, it's an experience. I know what your thinking,"Why would a film starring John Hennigan aka Johnny Mundo chasing people using parkour be an experience?" Well let me explain it to you.
First off, let's get simply to Boone the movie. Hennigan stars as Boone the Bounty Hunter former soldier and current star of the reality show of the same name. He chases down D level celebrities who generally have no more than a parking ticket warrant. In fact, the film opens with Boone using his parkour skills to run down Kevin Sorbo.
He has a team he works with to film his exploits consisting of Osric Chau of Supernatural fame. Spencer Grammer and Quintin "Rampage" Jackson. Sadly, as it is a gimmick reality show, its rating are in the toilet and it's about to be cancelled.
Luckily around the same time a Drug Lords punk son is having a party showing off his dad's new designer drug when his date OD's off of it. He's arrested and jumps bail to the town in Mexico where his father manufactures the drugs and holds the town in fear. Boone gets a tip about this from an old government friend and decides that if he and his team head out and film themselves catching this kid they would get a high rating on there season finale and get renewed.
With his team in tow the travel down to Mexico and get more than they bargained for and after a spectacular bar fight things go south fast. Boone's team is arrested by the crooked cops and a young boy whos family helps Boone after he is shot is kidnapped. Will Boone help his friends and save the town. Of course he will and it's a blast to watch.
Half comedy, part drama, and a whole lot o action make this a slam bang good time. Hennigan is fantastic performing his own stunts and using parkour in a way that has not been done before. Sure we have seen in on screen before but it's always used to escape the bad guys. Boone uses it to chase them down. It's also incorporated into his fight scenes, and yes wrestling fans , there are wrestling moves intertwined as well.
Stand alone review I give this a 3.5 out of 5 however the film is only half the story. There's another side to this review as well. The human side. Let me explain.
A few months back I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page. He was a great guy. I told him my son was 8yrs old and was a big wrestling fan, especially Lucha Underground. He told me he was friends with Johnny Mundo and they were working on a project together. I told him the story of how my son, who knows it's pre determined thinks Mundo is a talented wrestler but hates his guts. When Mundo cheated to beat Sexxy Star my son threw Kleenex at the TV. In fact he hates Mundos entire world wide underground Gang. Dallas could not stop laughing
Flash forward a few months and I start hearing about Boone The Bounty Hunter. I watched the trailer and read about the premises and thought it sounded fun. Plus I actually am a fan of Johnny Mundo so I wanted to help promote it. Now I have over 10k followers on the Twitter but that's nothing compared to Mundos 1 million. The odds of him seeing a tweet from me was pretty much zero. So I decided to reach out to Diamond Dallas Page and ask if he would pass my number along to Johnny Mundo next time he talked to him.
Much to my shock and awe my phone started ringing about 40min later. It was a number I didn't recognize but as DDP once called me I had a feeling I better answer. It was Johnny Mundo. He talked to me for a bit and even said hi to my boss, thus making his day as well. I asked if he would like to do an interview and we set it up for a few days later.
When it came time for the interview we chatted a bit before I started recording and we had a few things in common. I started the interview, which you can listen to on our interview section, and Johnny explained to me how he grew up watching martial arts films and other classic action movies. Which you can see in glorious form in terms of the action sequences and cheesey one liners in Boone. He explained the motivation of the character and them told me he financed the film by putting his house up for backing.
Think about that for a minute. He didn't ask for money, he didn't try fundraisers he put up the money himself. That shows you how much he believed in the product. You can hear the passion in his voice as he discusses the film and his experience making it. He even hosted a few select screenings on the film and set that up and promoted it as well.
When the interview was over I thanked him, and even though I am old school and like my DVD's in my hand I didn't want to wait to watch it (The DVD does not hit until June) so I ordered it on my DISH In Demand Channel, its also on ITunes, and Amazon Prime. I sat and watched it with my wife and son. He booed loudly when he saw Mundo, but try as he might he could not keep up his anger at the man who beat Sexxy Star. He started laughing, then smiling, then routing for Boone as he enjoyed every second of the action. I asked my wife what she though and she enjoyed it as well. Granted she enjoyed the fact that Boone hardly ever wore a shirt, a tidbit I could have done without, but she enjoyed it the same.
As you can tell by may review I loved it as well. But watching it, knowing the work that he put into it made for much more than a film for me. It was a feel good movie. Sure we all talk about making films, and writing scripts but not many of us have the balls to put our home on the line to finance a film. Hennigan did. He saw everything through and you can tell he enjoyed every second of it. The ending leaves it open for a sequel which I pray happens.
If your an action fan I ask you to please watch and support this film. I promise you will have a blast in doing so. So knowing the backstory I actually give this film a 5 star rating. Yes the hard to achieve 5 Star rating. The film is that good.
On a side note, I have talked, well texted with Johnny Mundo a few times since the interview, even though he doesn't know me he always takes the time and answers whatever annoying question I may ask him. So wrestling fans reading this, even though he may be one of the best "Heel's" in the business, he's actually one of the nicest guys I have ever met. Sadly My son still does not like him. In fact just the other night I interviewed Brian Cage and my son wanted to make sure I told Cage he was a fan because he feuded with Mundo. Cage liked that so he promised to punch him extra hard for him next time they fight. That is if he can get past Johnny's Parkour skills, like he used in Boone The Bounty Hunter.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!!! Please like and support the film, you wont regret it.