Camino: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
(Zoe Bell, Kevin Pollack, Sheila Vand, Nacho Vigalondo, et al / Blu-ray / PG-13 / (2015) 2021 / Bleiberg Entertainment - MVD Visual)
Overview: Celebrated war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoe Bell, Death Proof, The Hateful Eight) is on assignment in the Columbian jungle following a group of missionaries led by Guillermo (played by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo) as they bring meds to the poor.
But when Averys lens captures the leader conducting a cocaine deal and murdering a child witness, Guillermo tells his troops that Avery is a threat to locals and, and orders them to kill her.
She now has to flee into the wild jungle and a relentlessly brutal chase begins in this action thriller from director, co-writer and producer Josh C. Waller (Mandy, Color Out of Space, Cooties).
Blu-ray Verdict: Avery (Zoe Bell) is a well-respected war photographer who, after receiving an award, is promptly planted on an aircraft by her editor. The destination is Columbia where she can make a photo shoot of a paramilitary group, led by the charismatic revolutionary Guillermo (Nacho Vigalondo).
They act like local pharmacists in the Colombian jungles. In reality, Guillermo is nothing more than a crazy psychopath who is using this sacred mission as a cover up for his own criminal activities.
When Avery makes some compromising photographs of a murderous Guillermo, he succeeds in convincing his crew that the foreign photographer is the culprit. And that is the beginning of a hunt through the jungle with Avery as a prey.
Until the first encounter with one of Guillermos freedom fighters, this film seemed promising. After the obligatory introduction, you will see beautiful images of the vast jungle. A wonderful mix of images of a subtropical jungle and stylistic black and white photographs.
Even the sometimes exaggerated speeches of Guillermo were acceptable up to a certain level. But when Avery becomes a Rambo-like guerrilla fighter, who can defend herself excellent on unknown territory, the film lost a lot of credibility.
I am sure Zoe Bell can stand her ground as a stunt woman. But when the person Avery, who is a grim war photographer, turns into a talented person who excels in close combat, knows how to use an automatic rifle and uses tactical combat strategies, that is a bridge too far! In reality, she would not even survive her first clash with the lunatic Alejo (Tenoch Huerta).
I was hoping this would be a brooding, exciting thriller, but in the end I only got to see a typical survival film. It made me think of Predator sometimes, but now without an alien.
Guillermos followers are being released one by one to hunt their victim. It is just waiting for the ultimate clash (with a ridiculous outcome) to present itself. The only downside about this taking place in the jungle, is the fact that it is mostly dark. This makes it sometimes really difficult to follow the action.
The performances are proportionate to the level of the film itself, but I need to say there is one thing that really got my attention. The soundtrack. The musical accompaniment is usually not something I pay attention to, but this time I was surprised by the ominous music full of unusual sounds.
Ominous during critical moments and mysterious in between so. for me, the creator of this soundtrack is the true star of this movie! All that said, and as much as Bells character seems a little too skilled in combat for a photojournalist (as aforementioned), the movie is saved by the fact that most of the fighting lacks any crazy martial arts moves on Bells part and instead sticks to dirty, survival style fighting, maintaining an element of realism. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 2.35:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English DTS-HD 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Stereo Sound (LPCM)
Camino Behind the Scenes Part 1: The Shoot (11:10)
Camino Behind The Scenes Part 2: The Fight (7:20)
Camino Behind the Scenes Part 3: Electro-Jungle-Western (9:15)
Camino - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Promo (3:09)
Original Theatrical Trailer
Original International Trailer
Optional English & French Subtitles
Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned Or In High Definition