By George Rose
June 9, 2009
Machine Girl (2008)
Did I write about an old classic? Check. A silly comedy? Check. A cult classic? Check. A tribute to an actor with a recent release? Check. Hmmm, what else could I suggest then that is completely different than the rest? I know! How about a Japanese made, English dubbed gore-fest? Check.
Machine Girl is a film I could barely make it through. Not because it was too long, not because it is a foreign film and not because it was boring. It's far from boring and never lets up on the action or deaths, but boy is it the goriest movie I have EVER seen. After the family of a young Japanese school girl is killed by a Ninja-Yakuza family, she is left alone and armless. She replaces her missing limb with various weapons (machine gun, chain saw, etc.) and goes on a vengeful killing spree. There are some wild and crazy deaths throughout the film, and while though they may not look realistic they are always entertaining. The movie is a bloodbath, so if you have a stomach weaker than mine you may not want to rent it, but if you enjoy the occasional film soaked in massacre and humor you may very well love Machine Girl.
The only reason I watched it was because my college roommate is a huge fan of all things Japanese and even went to Japan right after our recent graduation. When we weren't covering our eyes from the screen (some scenes really are just outright grotesque) we were laughing hysterically. It's a great film to bond over and not take seriously in the slightest. It may have been my choice to watch it but it was fate that brought me, my roommate and Machine Girl together. Does it really matter, though, if it was choice, fate or coincidence? Not really, because in the end I have a great movie going experience I get to remember with a friend I'll never forget. I hope watching movies helps bring you and your friends together the way it has for me. The choice to rent anything at all is up to you and now you have five additional recommendations, with another five a week away.