When I first heard about this film I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the title. A film like this can go one of two ways; it can be a brilliant piece of exploitation satire like Black Dynamite or simple a cheap bit of exploitation cinema itself. So what would Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman be? Would is be the good or the bad. Unfortunately it was neither, it was the ugly or rather the mediocre.
Machine Gun Woman never quite follows through in anything it tries to do or be. The grindhouse aesthetic it aspires to is limited to a Instagram style filter and the addition of some fake celluloid grain in the opening and closing scenes. Beneath the filter and the grain we are left with a pretty standard digital shot that is often framed awkwardly presumably thanks to space limitations created by shooting on location with a small budget that is showcased by props that do not benefit from close up examination. There is also an attempt at a parody of Grand Theft Auto games but this is really only limited to a few title cards and let’s face it, games are much more fun to play than watch.
As for being genuinely exploitative… the Machine Gun Woman in question is an assassin who kills by wearing little more than gun holsters, high-heeled boots, and little more than underwear. However she is a relatively minor character as the film actually follows a club DJ who is tasked with stepping outside his job description and hunting down and killing the provocatively dressed killer. Naturally he is not best suited to the task and makes a bit of a hash of things for the film’s short 73 minute running time. The film is violent but not over the top and features a sexy woman but is not necessarily sexy. Machine Gun Woman isn’t even consistently enough to really succeed as a comedy and is too rough around the edges to really pass for any other genre either.
Machine Gun Woman is not completely without merit and for the most part is quite good fun despite risking being boring in places. It is probably best suited to being watched with a group of friends late at night, most likely with some alcoholic lubrication.