Rejoice Jesus Freaks! Sly and Annie are here to take you on a spiritual journey of cleansing the demons from all our lives. Bullets for Jesus clearly catches your eye with the title alone. The title gives you a proper idea of what the film is about. It's best described as a Bonnie and Clyde type of relationship between the lead characters. Except these two are driven by The Lord which we all know can be a bit creepy and misguided in normal circumstances. Sly and Annie stumble upon a house and take the owner hostage and slowly begin to friend and trust their hostage.
The standout character in this film is Annie. This soft spoken gal worked her way into my good graces immediately. She is absolutely adorable and you really feel that she has simple been exploited by Sly. Their relationship is basically based on Sly telling her what to do and she does it. Even their hostage David sees how Sly is brainwashing the girl into thinking that men are far superior to women. At a certain point in the film David tries to complement Annie's cooking and Sly quickly replies with "nothing special to me... it seemed rather ordinary" What an ASSHOLE! Sly is simply the jerk you expect him to be. David on the other hand is also an interesting character. Aside from the fact he is clearly depressed you get the vibe that something is a bit off with him and you canít quite put your finger on it. All three of these characters are well developed and keep the movie on its course to keep you entertained.
There are a few nice touches in this one that I really enjoyed. On two separate occasions we get a creative use of some old stock footage blended in with the scenes. These are a great creative ways to show that the people involved in making the movie are not a bunch of hacks. This technique could have been handled poorly and been an eye sore to the film. Instead it gives a bit more insight to the scene and the mood that is trying to be created. The music I felt was a fun choice to maintain the proper context of the film. Bad music choice can also be a killer for a low budget movie. After the credits role you will probably singing the title song in your head over the next couple of days.
With competent story telling abilities the director John Reign gives us a low budget thriller that you can actually enjoy. A low budget thriller is one of the hardest genres to keep a viewers attention. Usually bad acting and bad camera work make many a rough watch. Some directors try to do too much on a tight budget and it shows. Bullets For Jesus appears to be an exception in this case. Thanks to guys like John we donít have to be so scared to look into underappreciated low budget film.