Scorched Earth (2016)

Rating: **
Review Date: 5/13/18
Cast: Gina Carano, Ryan Robbins, John Hannah, Dean Jagger

In a post-apocalyptic world, law and order is enforced by bounty hunters in exchange for clean water and air filters. Gage (Gina Carano) is a ruthless bounty hunter who is particularly good at her job, and she decides to go after a huge reward that's being offered for bringing in a troublemaker named Thomas Jackson (Ryan Robbins). He's been raiding nearby settlements and fortifying his own town of bandits, which the Territorial Authority views as a considerable threat. Gage manages to infiltrate Jackson's camp and gain his trust, but it's only a matter of time before her cover is blown.

It's not a good movie, but it's fun to watch Gina Carano beat people up. The problem with her character is that she seems to have trouble killing people, and prefers to leave them dying rather than making sure that they're dead. The two biggest disasters in the film occur simply because those people managed to survive, and now they're pissed off and looking for revenge. The dialog is awful and the acting is pretty bad, but the film realizes this and never tries to be anything more than a B-movie. The pacing is sluggish and the action scenes are dull, but female action fans should find it to be an inoffensive and mildly entertaining sci-fi Western outing.