Freddy Beans here with a review of a kinetic action-comedy titled WELCOME TO ACAPULCO.
There will be a ton of poo-pooing this flick from that trailer alone. That’s a ton of B-level talent to traverse. As one of our readers pointed out earlier, the only actor missing is Tom Sizemore.
WELCOME TO ACAPULCO follows Matthew Booth (Michael Kingsbaker) as he travels to New Mexico to introduce a new video game. After a few drinks he wakes up in Acapulco, Mexico on accident. To boot, he’s being chased by a multitude of bad guys for a mysterious package he isn’t aware is in his possession.
The trailer is exactly what the movie is. An in your face kinetic, over-edited, action-comedy that utilizes all sorts of faces from yesteryear.
There’s a bunch of old bad guys, Vic Vega (Michael Madsen), Eyeball Chambers (Bradley Gregg), Max Kirkpatrick (William Baldwin), and Paul Cicero (Paul Sorvino). They’re all after our hero Matthew Booth’s special package.
Get your mind out of the gutter!
There’s tons of crazy edits, voice-over narrations, along with unnecessary freeze-frames in this one. Director Guillermo Ivan throws everything at you, including the kitchen sink. This is guilty-pleasure style filmmaking, at its unapologetic best.
The characters are all pretty cookie cutter. The bad guys meld into one group fighting for this mystery package, though they’re also all fighting one another. The hero of the film isn’t our main man Matthew. Nope. Instead, it’s Adriana Vazquez (Ana Serradilla) who really needed some back story to make her character make any sense. She comes in, John Wick’ing everything in sight and is basically thrown into the story so our weak protagonist has a shot.
The action sequences are pretty entertaining. The action is nothing to get too excited about, yet strong enough to hold your attention. That’s WELCOME TO ACAPULCO in a nutshell. It’s built on nostalgia and has a better than anticipated result.
I wanted to dislike this movie. It’s pretty clear some of the talent was phoning in their work. Content simply, to pick up a paycheck. That doesn’t hold the movie back. WELCOME TO ACAPULCO is better than it has any right to be. You will smile in amazement, that through all its many faults, you couldn't help but be entertained.
If you don’t recognize any of the bad guys I mentioned or their past gigs you should absolutely skip this one. However, if like me, you can’t help getting sucked into a good B movie with a meager plot and mediocre acting. I have to say, I enjoyed the heck out of this movie under that context.
6 out of 10 alpaca’s prefer Acapulco to the Andes.
The poster reminds me of WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S for whatever reason.
Til next time Kids
Ken Lewis (AKA: Freddy Beans)
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