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Movie Review — My Name Is Bruce

May 8, 2012

Bruce Campbell.  His brand of sarcastic wit is legendary to fans of movies like Evil Dead 1 and 2, Army of Darkness, and television shows Burn Notice,  Xena:  Warrior Princess, Briscoe County Jr, and Hercules: The Legendary Journey.  People watch for his guest appearances in Sam Raimi films much like they watch for the obligatory Stan Lee cameo in Marvel movies.  Imagine my surprise when I found a movie that not only stars Bruce, but is also directed by the man himself.

The small town of Goldlick, OR comes under attack by an ancient Chinese god named Guan-Di  when a teenager named Jeff removes a protective medallion from a mine shaft that imprisoned him.  The god systematically begins slicing and dicing citizens beginning with Jeff’s friends and sparing only those eating bean curds (he is also the protector of the bean curd).  Jeff, being a gigantic Bruce Campbell fan, kidnaps the star with the belief that he is the only person to stop the murderous god.  The star accepts the job, thinking it is the surprise movie role his agent hinted at.  He quickly discovers this isn’t the case.

I found this a fun movie.  The script and special effects are the kind of cheesiness you would expect from a Bruce Campbell movie with plenty of blood, but doesn’t go overboard like a torture movie.  It also doesn’t take itself seriously, which is a nice change from some of the titles making their way to the big screen.  If you like a good B movie to watch for the heck of it or as a pallet cleanser between serious horror movies, then I recommend this.  My rating is a 3.75 out of 5.

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