Movie Review: Boone The Bounty Hunter
Updated: May 28, 2019
‘When fame-seeking reality show bounty hunter, Boone, attempts to bring down a drug lord and his empire, he uncovers more than he bargains for and learns that justice means more than ratings. ‘
IMDb 7.2 Metacritic 22/100
I am sure most people if you opened this up are thinking ‘What in the blue hell is Boone the Bounty Hunter?’ I kind of wondered the same thing until I was listening to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast one day and he interviewed John Hennigan (Johnny Nitro/Mundo). Boone is the brainchild of John Hennigan and a project that he's been working on for the past 5 years. There were a lot of trials and tribulations along the way trying to get the movie made but eventually John managed to get it all together financially and put pretty much everything up to get this film made.
So the budget of the film clocked in around $5 million or so. I knew all of this before watching the film because of the interview and I was expecting something along the lines of Sharknado and the many sequels from a production value or the TBS movie of the week style. The film and production quality looked pretty solid throughout except for a couple graphical overlays but then again nothing is perfect right? He managed to even get a little heat for a shoot on a golf course because of a lack of permits and apparently no one telling the course there was a shoot going on. Really how many people are gonna shoot at a golf course?
Now there were a number of recognizable stars in the movie that had some small roles. Some a little bigger than others. Kevin Sorbo, Erika Eleniak, Corbin Bernsen have some smaller spots Rampage Jackson from the UFC, Osric Chau (Kevin from Supernatural), and Jonathan Lipnicki (Yes, the kid from Jerry McGuire). I have to admit the opening chase scene with Sorbo and the throwing out of a number of Hercules references was entertaining to open the film.
Now John Hennigan has always portrayed an over the top personality regardless of the name he was under or the federation he worked for. This movie is an excuse for him really to show off his skills from the ring and also his parkour skills. A number of the scenes are as over the top as his personality with one example during a bar fight he does a wall run into a flipping piledriver which I couldn't help but chuckle at. Even another fight scene he pulls off a rana on a thug which I acknowledged with a nod knowing much better how the movie was rolling at that point.
Was the plot truly believable? It was a little far fetched with Boone being a Dog knock-off and his show getting the notice that it's being cancelled. So he calls a buddy in the DEA and gets a lead on a top notch guy who happens to be the son of a drug lord (Lipnicki) who recently killed his current girlfriend via overdose accidentally and flees the country to Mexico and of course Boone decides to bring him in. There is a team of 3 people that manage to somehow locate him and get a hold of him then Boone stashes him in a portapotty outside of town while his team is captured and has to rally the locals to rise up against the drug lord and get his mark back to the US and save his television show. Not exactly the most believable plot but we are talking about a movie thought up by a pro wrestler.
You may think I didn’t care for the movie but in fact I was entertained by it. It wasn’t a knock my socks of kind of movie but it was worth my viewing time which I can’t speak for all the movies I have watched recently with budgets 20 times that of Boone the Bounty Hunter. I am even thinking of giving a second viewing once I get caught up on some television shows. As long as you know going in the budget isn’t that of your typical Arnie or Stallone action blockbuster and go into it thinking of it more like a comedy than an action film you will probably be just as entertained as I was. Give it a chance if you manage to see it around I don’t think you will regret it.
3.5 Beards out of 5