Avenge the Crows: The Legend of Loca (Theaters-NA; Streaming-December 2017) Rated: TV-MA — Runtime: 96 minutes
els – 3.0/10
IMDb – 5.4/10
Amazon – 4.4/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics – NA/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience – 5.0/5
Metacritic Metascore – NA/100
Metacritic User Score – NA/10
Directed by: Nathan Gabaeff
Written by: Nathan Gabaeff
Music by: Spencer Brock, Nathan Gabaeff
Cast: Danay Garcia, Michael Flores, Cesar Garcia, Lou Diamond Phillips, Danny Trejo
Film Locations: Los Angeles, US
Budget: $NA — Low-Budget Indie
Worldwide Box Office: $NA
Loca (Danay Garcia), is a down on her luck gangbanging, murdering, thieving, slutty, drug dealing, junkie with a bad temper. She’s the movie’s protagonist, the champion, the heroine who screws everyone and everything just to become a little more amoral and mercurial than yesterday. She’s the object of a prison gang’s mysterious hit sanction, which she must defend herself and her innocent cousin against and, just to thicken the plot, she must outsmart and outflank a Mexican drug cartel and the opposing LA street gangs. All by tomorrow.
This is Nathan Gabaeff’s second effort as a writer and director, the first being the poorly received 2016 Boost, also featuring Danay Garcia and Danny Trejo. Avenge the Crows is a low-budget film that comes across as being written and directed as an allegorical, non-judgmental documentary of gang life on the streets of LA, complete with flickering static and choppy breaks in the film. The story is brutal and stupid, the violence and sex are cheap, bordering on pointless. Then there’s the dialogue capable of contradicting itself in the same scene. Garcia tells her cousin that it must be the RR prison gang that is responsible for stalking them and then in the next sentence tells her cousin that the gang has no Earthly reason to stalk them. Well, which is it? How do you arrive at the conclusion that it’s the RR gang when you have no reason to suspect them.
There is some good acting in this movie, Phillips and Trejo, despite the screenplay and direction, but that doesn’t include Danay Garcia. The women can’t act, but as long as she keeps taking her clothes off the money folks will keep casting her.
Gabaeff was able to pull in some of the most recognizable names in Hispanic acting; Garcia, Phillips, Trejo, for this low-budget movie. I can’t fathom how he was able to convince these actors sign up for this stinking dog of a movie and, sadly, he has more of these losers in the pipe-line.
This is a movie about the worst of the human condition and its degrading impulses. It passes on declaring any judgement; moral, ethical, or legal; neither for nor against: pathetic. The movie is artistically dead and morally bankrupt.