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Old West Has Nothing On Badlands Rumble

Updated on September 12, 2014
Vash the Stampede
Vash the Stampede | Source

Get a Load Of Vash

Guns blazing, explosives bursting, sadistic robbers, crooked bounty hunters, and non-stop action, all with the gunfighter pacifist Vash the Stampede standing smack in the middle. In 2010, Japanese anime studio Madhouse, took on the old West with the movie, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, and the results were nothing short of thrilling.

What's It All About?

The movie is a follow up to the anime series Trigun, which followed the nutty adventures of Vash, in his exploits on the planet Gunsmoke. Vash is an overly moral, and most times slapstick, character with a long red coat, wire sunglasses and spiked blond hair, who's the best gunfighter on the planet, despite his aversion to violence. He's been labeled the "humanoid typhoon," by an insurance company that follows him, as destruction follows everywhere he goes. However, the destruction is more the result of bounty hunters trying to cash in on the "60,000,000,000$$" (sixty billion "double dollars") bounty on his head.

The story takes place 20-years after a botched robbery by the most dangerous villain on Gunsmoke, named Gasback. He's an ornery fellow who believes in the perfect robbery, but when Vash shows up, his crew double-crosses him. So, 20-years later, he's out for revenge.

What's the Experience Like?

When I watched the movie, I sat back, enjoyed the shooting and blasting, and just let it all happen. The characters are as crazy as they come, including two overly cheerful insurance agents, a suave priest with a cross for a machine gun, a female bounty hunter with an exposed midriff, as well as Vash and Gasback.

I watched the movie just glued to the screen, wondering how a baffoon like Vash could take down a guy like Gasback. I wondered if he'd ever get it together, but in the end, it turned out, he was all anyone ever needed.

Trigun: Complete Series Box Set (Classic)
Trigun: Complete Series Box Set (Classic)

Check out the original Trigun series, as Vash establishes his zany reputation.


Who's This Movie For?

If you like award winnings dramas, STOP HERE! This movie is not for you. If you like watching stupid stuff blow up, zany characters and nonsense, then this movie could be right up your alley. This is a "popcorn movie," for anyone who'd like to detach their brain, and enjoy the crazy. The plot and message of the film is lame enough that it's best to just ignore.

If you think you'd enjoy fully loaded, science fiction crossed with Western themed anime, and colorful characters, than this movie could be just the thing for you.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @thebabblingfangirl: You got that right! Great to find another Vash fan.

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      thebabblingfangirl 3 years ago

      Seen it -- awesome

      I absolutely LOVE Trigun! I own the whole series and have watched it repeatedly!


      Hehe Gotta love Vash, such an awesome character.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Spirality: And how! Vash is a really cool character. I like everyone in the Trigun universe. I just think it's a really neat idea.

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      Trigun is one of my favorite anime. Vash is so complicated for such a simple facade that he puts on. He is one of my favorite characters.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @sierradawn lm: I appreciate that! It's a very different movie then, probably, most people are used to. I know it's not for everyone. I'm happy to hear your opinion. Thanks for reading!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      While I am so not ready for Badlands Rumble, I found your review exciting to read and passionately presented! Great job!

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @flycatcherrr: You bet! Trigun is a thrill-ride from start to finish. Hope you enjoy it!

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      You make it sound irresistable - such a lively review of a movie you clearly enjoyed very much. And who doesn't love a good 'popcorn movie' full of action and off-beat characters? :)