Plot: Boone (John Hennigan) is a reality television star, but his ratings of late haven’t been up to snuff. His time in the Marines helped him develop some impressive combat and tracking skills, which is what drives his television show, Boone: The Bounty Hunter, where he hunts down criminals. But these days, he focuses on celebrities with minor offenses or people with parking tickets, instead of going after people who pose a real threat being loose. After he wrangles Kevin Sorbo on some traffic violations, Boone has one episode of the season to shoot, but then he finds out his show is being cancelled at season’s end. In an effort to save his show, he works some connections and takes aim on the son of a powerful drug dealer. This means the crew is headed to Mexico, but it has been a while since they handled a real case. Can Boone channel his skills and swagger and help put a drug kingpin behind bars?
Entertainment Value: While this is an obvious satire of Duane “Dog” Chapman and reality television in general, it rises above that premise and winds up as a fun, over the top picture. Boone: The Bounty Hunter follows a reality star as he tries to save his show by going back to the roots of his profession, but after so many fluff cases, things aren’t as simple as he thinks. This is clearly a vehicle for professional wrestler John Hennigan, but he is more than capable in this role. The part of Boone lets him show off his acrobatic skills and charisma, without much pressure on the acting front. I’m not sure how well he’d do in more demanding roles, but he is fun to watch in this one. The rest of the cast is quite eclectic, with Jonathan Lipnicki, Lorenzo Lamas, Corbin Bernsen, Quinton Jackson, and Dominique Swain, among others. This movie is all about flash and style, so the story is minimal and the depth is nonexistent. I don’t take issue with that since the movie knows what it is, but I’m sure some will disagree with the approach. This isn’t high cinematic art, but it is usually a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of professional wrestling, you’ll especially be interested in this one.
No nakedness, but Hennigan is shirtless often, if you’re into that. Not much blood either, but the action is more over the top than visceral, so that makes sense. A lot of the stunts are pro wrestling influenced, including a number of well known moves like power bombs and flip piledrivers, as well as planchas and various aerial maneuvers. So if you’re into the pro wrestling scene, you should have a lot to like here, watching some wild moves put to use in a movie. Of course, it is silly for Boone to use some of these insane aerial attacks in a real life setting, but that’s the charm of Boone, he’s flashy and over the top. The dialogue has some bright spots, with some one liners and zings, as well as more Boone variations than you can handle. Not many big, quotable lines, but fun lines are pretty frequent. On the craziness scale, we have a guy using pro wrestling moves to take down bad guys, which is pretty wacky. I also love the colorful cast, so some aren’t given much screen time. Outside of that however, this one stays within the action movie guidelines for the most part.
Overall Insanity: 1/10