Plot: The Eagles are a local soccer team who have played hard and now have a spot in the championship final. While their fans are thrilled to see the Eagles succeed, not everyone is as pleased. A gang of criminals known as the Vultures has decided that the Falcons, the other team in the final, should win the championship. Not wanting to leave the outcome to chance, the Vultures start to pick off the Eagles players. This involves kidnapping star players, trying to pay them off to throw the game, and in some cases, even killing those who stand in the way. In an effort to save the players and the championship, the team brings in Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu) to fight back against the Vultures. But when the heat is turned way up, can even Joe Bullet manage to save the Eagles and take down the dangerous Vulture gang?
Entertainment Value: Joe Bullet has an interesting history, starting off with the film being one of the first films productions to have an all African cast. The movie was banned in South Africa, then reinstated, and has remained a difficult to find curio ever since. The film has obviously modest production values, but still tries to include all the blaxploitation tropes. We have underworld criminal figures, chases, shoot outs, fist fights, and more, just on a much smaller scale. Joe Bullet even has a Shaft style theme song, which is fun and adds that extra soul cinema feel. Ken Gampu is more than capable as the lead, but isn’t given much chance to showcase his skills. A little more action could have really helped Joe Bullet, if it was just standard fist fight scenes. The rest of the cast is fine as well, but no one really stands out aside from Gampu. Joe Bullet does it what it can to compete in the genre, but just doesn’t have enough action or memorable moments. But as a curio, it warrants a look for fans of the genre or those curious about world cinema.
Unlike most of the films Joe Bullet takes inspiration from, there’s no nudity and minimal love interest involved. Bullet is too busy chasing down the bad guys to open his heart to romance, I suppose. The film does have a few scenes with blood, but its non graphic and infrequent. The action is limited, which is odd for the genre, but I assume the low budget is to blame. You’ll see some fights and gun battles, but they’re brief and aren’t explored much. I especially wish the showdown with the hired karate assassin had more of a payoff, as that was an interesting side story. But the scene with the snake and the final confrontation are both a lot of fun, so those help. The story has a serious tone and is passably written, so not much as far as outlandish dialogue. Aside from a couple of off the wall scenes, Joe Bullet is content to be a straight forward drama with some action thrown in, so not as wild as some films in the genre.
Overall Insanity: 2/10