So when I stumbled across this movie I felt a strong urge to see it. Mainly because it was promoted as a 80s motif revenge flick....well in this case a "rape and revenge" flick. Under the assumption one doesn't know what a "rape and revenge" flick just see "I Spit on Your Grave". "Cherry Bomb" is a modern movie made to appear that it was made in the 80s. I have to say the film makers did a good job on the authenticity of capturing the 1980s. The fashion, hair styles and atmosphere were pretty much on point.
The major problem I have with this movie is it is about a stripper who gets attacked, rape and seeks revenge. The only thing you the viewer see is the revenge. Allow me to explain, Cherry (the title character of this film) is a stripper and you never see her nude. In addition, the attack in question is never really shown. Now I don't want to sound like a sick pervert or a misogynist, but if you are going to have a movie about a stripper there should be some level of nudity. Besides what sleazy 80s movie didn't have nudity? It is like making a movie about boxing without ever showing a fight. Boy those "Rocky" movies would have been different. And in order for the revenge to have some merit, some of the attack needs to be displayed. The following formula is what made "I Spit on Your Grave" so amazing. I found the attack in ISOYG so unsettling that when the revenge came it brought some merit and credibility. Not for nothing, but this same equation worked for how many "Death Wish" films?
As for the acting, well it really isn't that great. In contrast, I didn't go into this movie looking for award winning acting. Yet the actress who played Cherry did have a likeable quality. As for the campy value, it is pretty high. See my previous comment about the acting. Also look for the hit man named Bull who looks like a cross between The Hulk and Jules from "Pulp Fiction". As for character development, there is none. The movie has several loop holes; the estranged relationship with Cherry and her brother and where did a stripper learn to become Rambo? In defense some 80s movies that "Cherry Bomb" mimics were guilty of this too, so I can let it slide.
At the end of the day a movie is about entertainment and I would be lying if I didn't say I found entertainment in this film. The action was pretty good and the revenge in question was alright. I really should only give this film three stars but I did find some charm to it. Yet a word of advice to the film makers, next time you make a movie about a certain character like a "stripper", nudity is required. In addition, if you are going to focus a movie around a certain situation, like an attack, showing this situation is required. That is what your "target" audience is going to want.