For those not familiar with the exploitation films of the 70s, a more modern reference might be Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino who, in 2007, released their Grindhouse movies, which were throwbacks to B-movies made 30 years ago and the rough and grimy exhibition that came to be associated with them.
Whereas guys like Rodriguez and Tarantino spent millions of dollars to mimic perfectly those imperfections, Luna really did have those imperfections. Luna wanted to pay homage to the exploitation aesthetic, but there are certain "Grindhouse" moments in Luna's movie that were certainly not intentional.
Saying the five main characters are voluptuous would be an understatement. Luna's camera doesn't linger in close-ups of character cleavage, but he doesn't need to do so. The boobs of these babes naturally draw your gaze. Luna does accentuate them in the opening sequence by bathing them in red-orange colors. Yet, where Luna's camera does linger is on the legs of these ladies. The opening scene in fact follows the calves of his main character named Bubbles. He follows them for three minutes. Maybe Luna has a fetish for high-heel shoes cause it happens again later.
Like a Tarantino film, this story is told in chapters, six chapters to be kinda exact. Each chapter leads us through the girls confronting the source of Bubbles' black eye and dealing with the aftermath of a bloody and terrifying attack. It's a vengeance story but two vengeances come to play.
The movie made me smile and laugh quite a bit. Sometimes, it was at its shear ridiculousness. Most times, it was at the crazy one-liners from Willam Belli who co-stars as Rachel Slurr. Rachel has been described as mouthy and Belli provides the words, often improvised, to prove it.
Krystal Summers plays Bubbles and lifts most of the dramatic weight, while Kelexis Davenport, Erica Andrews, and Jenna Skyy complete the cast of sassy sisters that used to be misters. There was a bit of controversy surrounding this movie involving GLAAD, but that is to be ignored. This is an absolutely fun piece. Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives is the transgendered-revenge Grindhouse movie that Tarantino could have made.