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Like a redneck puppy with an automatic weapon, Barry Battles’s The Baytown Outlaws just wants to be loved—and shoot up a bunch of stuff at the same time. You could say that the film demands that you leave your critical eye at the door, but it’s closer to the truth to say that it’s just going to do what it wants, and you can either enjoy yourself or just leave the theater. Except, to paraphrase Sally Field, it also not-so-secretly does want you to like it, to really, really like it.
The film begins as the three Oodie Brothers (Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Cudmore), a trigger-happy trio of hit men, force their way into a gangbanger hideout looking to retrieve a fugitive. They wind up killing everyone in sight. After seeing the boys get away without a scratch or the slightest sniff from the local police, Celeste (Eva Longoria) recruits them to rescue her teenage godson, Rob (Thomas Brodie Sangster), from her estranged psychopath ex-husband, Carlos (Billy Bob Thornton).
And then the fun begins. With the sheriff (Andre Breughel) unhappily being pushed by an eager DEA agent (Paul Wesley) to stay on their trail, the Oodie Brothers make an assault on Carlos’s compound, grab Rob (whom they discover is wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy), and head out of town. Carlos survives the attack, however, and sends out teams of assassins to intercept the Oodies and take Rob back. A band of lethal whores, some African-American road pirates (complete with an armored tank-car), and some tree-climbing Native American snipers all stand in the way of the Oodies and Rob making it alive to Celeste.
The Oodies—half-cocked mastermind big brother Brick (Crawford), mute physical giant Lincoln (Cudmore), and comical idiot little brother G.I. McQueen (Fimmel)—bond quickly with Rob while on the run. Despite their Klan heritage, courtesy of their outlaw daddy, and subsequent rougher-than-rough orphaned upbringing, these guys have heart. The kid isn’t just a paycheck—they’ve more or less adopted him. And as the infuriated Carlos keeps raising the stakes, the Oodies keep thwarting the killers he sends their way.
Battles and co-screenwriter Griffin Hood throw violence, bloodshed, and cornball jokes at the screen with equally rapid-fire delivery. While their efforts to infuse the story with “heart” are handled with the same amount of nuance and care—which is to say, none at all—Baytown Outlaws maintains its raggedy puppy-dog charm. Thornton chews the scenery and spits it out just as you’d hope he would in a movie like this, and Crawford, Cudmore, and Fimmel have the right chemistry as the renegade brothers.
The degree to which you laugh or wince will depend on your taste for this type of shenanigan-filled entertainment. Even if Roger Corman doesn’t hold a hallowed place in your film universe and you would rather eat nails than see the South rise again, you will likely still have your share of giddy moments watching The Baytown Outlaws, better judgment be damned.
Source: Film Comment
The Baytown Outlaws comes to theaters January 11th, 2013 and stars Zoe Bell, Thomas Sangster, Paul Wesley, Natalie Martinez, Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Serinda Swan, Daniel Cudmore. The film is directed by Barry Battles.
Source: Movie Web
Don’t let the movie poster fool you, Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria may have the bigger spots but they definitely get outshined by the redneck brother trio known as the Oodies.
We’ve got Lincoln, McQueen and Brick.
Lincoln is the strong silent type, not by choice though. His voice box was crushed during a wrestling match. Yeah, he’s the muscle of the group.
Next up is McQueen. He’s the sensitive illiterate one in the group.
The leader of the group is Brick.
They grew up without parents pretty much and got into the killing people line of work.
The guys are hired by Eva Longoria, who plays Celeste. She catches the boys in action and decides to use them to help get her son back from Billy Bob Thornton, Celeste’s ex-husband, Carlos. The boys take the job but hit a lot of bumps in the road trying to return the boy to Celeste.
It’s one of the most action-films that will probably hit this year. The R rating doesn’t sell itself short. There are a lot of guns, drugs and killing.
I’m sure this movie won’t make a killing in the theaters but it’s definitely going to surprise a lot of people. If you love “Sons of Anarchy,” then you’ll definitely love this movie.
Michael Rapaport delivers one of the funnier cameos that I’ve seen in a very long time. Stay for the credits too, Rapaport continues his comedy.
Alongside Thornton and Longoria, Daniel Cudmore, Clayne Crawford, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Andre Braugher also star in the film. You’ll also see Zoe Bell too of “Grindhouse” fame. She plays a bad-ass chick once again in “Baytown Outlaws” and has a run in with Oodie brothers.
It’ll be out on January 11th in New York City at Cinema Village.
Check it out!
Source: Indie Media Mag
More potent than a shot of Alabama moonshine, Eva Longoria and Billy Bob Thornton, star in The Baytown Outlaws, a super-charged, foul-mouthed and very bloody, Tarantino-esque action-comedy, directed and co-written by Barry Battles.
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Source: The Digital Fix
Written by Nix
December 6, 2012
Director Barry Battles’ feature film directorial debut, the self-styled “Southern Whip-Ass Extravaganza” (though later promos for the film have lowered that by a very noticeable decibel or two) pits three violent Alabama brothers against Billy Bob Thornton, playing a Texas crime kingpin name Carlos. Not just any Texas crime kingpin, Carlos happens to have a legion of badass (and amusingly, themed) killers on his phone’s Contacts List. When the brothers bust into Carlos’ crib and abducts a teenager name Rob (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) at the behest of Celeste (Eva Longoria), the boys get more than they bargain for. First of all, Carlos has, you know, that Contacts List mentioned before, and Celeste neglected to tell the boys that Rob is confined to a wheelchair and is mentally challenged. Complications, as they say, ensue.
Opening with a violent, over-the-top gunbattle between the Oodie Brothers — played with smelly verve by the trio of Clayne Crawford, Travis Fimmel, and Daniel Cudmore — and some Mexican gangbangers, “The Baytown Outlaws” is liable to offend some viewers. That seems to be the point, though the script (co-written by Battles) has plenty of surprises up its sleeve to soften our heroes. Yes, the Oodie Brothers are the heroes of this piece, despite the fact that they are loud and proud Alabama rednecks with more guts and spit than much else. They hightail it to Texas to get Rob only after Celeste promises them a nice pay day, something the boys are in short supply of these days. The great Andre Braugher co-stars as a local Sheriff who shares a history with the Oodies, a secret that visiting G-Man Reese (“The Vampire Diaries’” Paul Wesley) is trying to uncover.
Much of “The Baytown Outlaws” follows the Oodies as they attempt to make their way out of Texas with Rob, wheelchair and all. Though at first flabbergasted by this twist, the boys put on their big boys pants and soldier on anyway. The Oodies are Brick (Clayne Crawford), the oldest; McQueen (Travis Fimmel), the youngest; and the giant Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore), the lost Oodie who was eventually found, and who speaks with a voice box. While Brick and McQueen bicker endlessly (perhaps to make up for Lincoln’s silence) to and from their Texas gig, Carlos has dispatched some serious killers after them. Serinda Swan and Zoe Bell play two of five deadly biker chicks that take the first shot at the boys. I guess they’ve never dealt with small-town rednecks before. Too bad for these ladies.
“The Baytown Outlaws” is ridiculously violent at times, but it’s a mixture of cartoon mayhem and gritty carnage. Starting as all fun and games and continuing on that road for some time, things eventually get serious when some “Road Warriors” types (though McQueen amusingly refers to them as “Waterworld” — I guess he got his post-apocalyptic movies mixed up) show up. Eva Longoria doesn’t have much to do except look good in short denim cut-offs, which she certainly pulls off with aplomb. And I suspect Billy Bob Thornton, who only appears in exactly two locations throughout the film, knocked “The Baytown Outlaws” out in a day or two as a favor to someone. Mind you, he’s still really fun in the role, which goes to show you how talented the guy is.
The ironic thing about “The Baytown Outlaws” is that it starts out as this in-your-face film that wants to offend everyone, but somehow still ends up being, go figure, politically correct. These PC moments occur throughout the film, but is at its most awkward when Natalie Martinez shows up as an illegal immigrant who the boys run across later in the film. Battles and company balance out these out-of-nowhere tangents with other absurdities, like a gang of Native American bikers that scalp their victims and literally bring bow and arrows to a gunfight. It’s absolutely bizarre, and perfectly captures the schizophrenic nature of “The Baytown Outlaws”.
I can see “The Baytown Outlaws” becoming a cult hit with action fans, similar to how Troy Duffy’s “Boondock Saints” found an audience on home video and cable after a disastrous theatrical release. The Oodies are great, vibrant characters with a lot of promise, and the ending of “Outlaws” certainly sets them up as the same type of dangerous vigilantes with potential further adventures, similar to what the Boondock boys have become. The film is currently available to rent via Video on Demand, and opens in select theaters January 2013. “The Baytown Outlaws” can be overblown and at times inconsistent, but it’s always fun and a hell of a good time.
Barry Battles (director) / Barry Battles, Griffin Hood (screenplay)
CAST: Andre Braugher … Sherriff Henry Millard
Paul Wesley … Reese
Daniel Cudmore … Lincoln Oodie
Travis Fimmel … McQueen Oodie
Clayne Crawford … Brick Oodie
Thomas Brodie-Sangster … Rob
Eva Longoria … Celeste
Billy Bob Thornton … Carlos
Zoe Bell … Rose
Michael Rapaport … Lucky
Natalie Martinez … Ariana
Source: Beyond Hollywood
Dir: Barry Battles. US. 2012. 99mins
A bold, brassy and bloody grindhouse romp, The Baytown Outlaws is a violently funny red neck road trip that may be low on subtle dialogue but is a freewheeling entertaining romp that certainly delivers in terms of breathless B-movie action silliness. Heading straight to DVD in many territories after screening at several genre festivals, the film is due out on VOD early December in the US before a limited theatrical run in the January 2013.
The film is engagingly deranged and has its share of wild and woolly moments.
The cast list may well be topped by Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, as well as being punctuated with a series of recognisable cameos, but at the heart of the violently wild story are Daniel Cudmore, Travis Fimmel and Clayne Crawford as the cheerfully murderous Oodie brothers.
Director and co-writer Barry Battles shows a strong sense of the clichéd Deep South to sustain the road trip excesses of the film, though at times misses a trick when it comes to the action scenes, breezing through them a little too quickly and delivering the body count but not the Tarantino-style wit and wisdom that the film calls out for. A modest budget may account for the set piece action scenes relying on gunplay rather than stylish action choreography.
Alabama brothers Brick (Crawford), McQueen (Fimmel) and Lincoln (the impressively hulking Cudmore) are hit men for hire, but after messing up their latest job they are approached by Celeste (Longoria). She will pay them $25,000 for the return of her godson Rob who is being held by her ex-husband Carlos. What she neglects to mention is that Carlos (Thornton) happens to be a ruthless mobster, and that Rob (Tomas Brodie-Sangster) is a grown-up and in a wheelchair.
The brothers find themselves on the run as Carlos sends an increasingly crazy series of killers on their trail…first they have to tackle a band of tough-as-nails super-sexy biker chicks (led by Tarantino’s regular stunt woman Zoe Bell, who had a key role in Death Proof); a band of road warrior types in an armoured truck that could have featured in the Mad Max films, and the gang of Native Americans intent on scalping them.
The film – originally titled The Baytown Disco – is engagingly deranged and has its share of wild and woolly moments, though it makes the mistake of dispensing with the bad guys – especially the biker chicks and the road warriors – a little too quickly when they happened to be some of the most intriguing and oddball elements to the film.
Billy Bob Thornton has his fare share of great lines – and makes the most of them – while Eva Longoria’s first scene wearing Daisy Dukes and a tight top will keep genre fans happy, though she is given very little esle to do. Daniel Cudmore, Travis Fimmel and Clayne Crawford are suitably grungy as the Oodie brothers who manage to raise their game from casual killer to almost anti-heroes, while Michael Rapaport and Zoe Bell help give the film a dose of familiarity and class.
The breezy soundtrack – which includes the likes of Clutch, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – should help the film’s attempt at cult status, and while Barry Battles (in his feature debut) and his co-screenwriter Griffin Hood haven’t quite cracked the Deep South action movie this time out there are at least moments of quirky pleasure in this red neck romp.
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