JUSTICIA JUSTICIERA III (2016) BY RAFA DENGRA

Reviews

Alternative Titles: Justicia Justiciera III Kungfu Karate Annihilator
Director: Rafa Dengrá aka Alexander Dreissel
Writer: Rafa Dengrá aka Alexander Dreissel
Year: 2016
Starring: Raúl DelaCruz, Rafa Dengrá, Óscar SanJuan, Carlos Prieto, Andrés Rebollo, Renko, Antonio Muñoz, Sarita, Mayka Dengrá.

Synopsis:
Chuck Lee Bronson is accidentally sent into the future instead of the past in order to solve the criminal punk gang problem that has taken over the world. 

Review:
Let’s be clear from the start, this is not a sequel to anything but rather both a ridiculous take on sequels and a reference to the fact that in the story there were two failed attempts to solve the growing criminal gang problem born from angry dressed punk bands which look a more extreme variant of those gangs from the classic 70’s film THE WARRIORS.

Thankfully they, whoever they are, got it right when they sent Chuck Lee Bronson, via a time travelling Rubik’s cube, to restore order in a parallel universe version of 1988. 

Now this short film is pure hilarious 1980’s grindhouse action where both the sheer absurdity of the violence and the un-PC humour combine to make something so entertainingly out there it has to be seen. That said however the use of blackface for comedic effect does leave me somewhat conflicted. I appreciate that mainland Europe possesses a slightly different sensibility around the issue of race and that this short film is also a ridiculous send up of all things but I still struggle to believe that this was the right choice despite it fitting the overall tone.

Anyway that criticism over, and it is my only criticism of this short film it is time to look at the positives and that quite frankly includes everything else. Delacruz and Dengra do a fantastic job on the Fx perfectly nailing that combination of low-fi physical and the digital while understanding both their budgetary limitations and the requirements of the film while the music sets that post-apocalyptic punk tone perfectly – the audio equivalent of the main gang from MAD MAX 2 and special mention goes to Raul Delacruz for his portrayal as the rampant Chuck Lee Bronson. With this type of film it is easy to focus on the humour and use editing to shy away from the martial arts limitations of the lead actor but thankfully for Dengra, it appears that Delacruz does not have these limitations and is able to pull off the moves as and when required switching from roundhouses to hammed facial expressions in a blink of the eye.

The final reason JUSTICIA JUSTICIERA III works is thanks to its breakneck pace. With the  main story delivered through exposition in the first couple of minutes (minus the fun love story arc which adds that personal element) the film is free to just jump from action set piece to set piece keeping things simple and the entertainment high throughout the entire sixteen minutes run time.

With this non-stop action and a hero who isn’t afraid to go above and beyond the call of duty, foetal nunchucks for example, it is easy to overlook that this is actually a well developed and thought out production with nothing left to chance, be it on the screen or on the script. 

If you liked the insanity of the 2015 Swedish action short KUNG FURY then you will absolutely love JUSTICIA JUSTICIERA III which strips away the story element and focuses more on non-stop insane action.

Quite frankly thanks to great editing, strong direction and insane action for fans of insane movies the only thing better than the first twelve minutes are the last five!