View Full Version : Chilean Action Movie Mandrill Coming To DVD/Blu-ray from Magnolia 2/28/12

Ian Jane
01-25-2012, 04:36 PM

From Magnolia's press release:

Winner Of Best Feature And Best Actor Awards At Austin’s Fantastic Film Fest To Thrill On Blu-ray Disc And DVD February 28 From Magnolia Home Entertainment Under The Magnet Label.

“I loved this film.” - Film School Rejects

“Zaror and his team kick all sorts of ass in this film.” - Twitch

“Zaror is a pleasure to watch.” - Screen Crave

“With Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude Van Damme getting older, Hollywood's next top martial-arts talent could well be tall, dark and handsome
MANDRILL star Marko Zaror.” - Variety

Highlighted by “martial arts sequences that will drop your jaw” (Film School Rejects), the action-packed tale of vengeance and romance, MANDRILL, explodes onto Blu-ray Disc and DVD February 28 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. From writer/director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (Mirageman, Kiltro), MANDRILL stars worldwide action icon Marko Zaror (Mirageman, Undisputed III: Redemption), “one of the best martial arts actors working today” (Twitch). Hailed as “an amazingly cool film” (Film School Rejects), the thriller won top honors at its international premiere at Austin’s 2009 Fantastic Film Fest, winning Best Fantastic Feature and Zaror winning Best Fantastic Actor.

Mixing breathtaking action sequences with sultry romance, MANDRILL centers on Antonio (Zaror), who is on a quest to avenge the murder of his parents. Working as a ruthless bounty hunter with the code name “Mandrill,” Antonio’s only weakness is women. Therefore, he enlists his uncle – an expert in the art of seduction – to give him the necessary skills to bewitch every female he meets. After Mandrill is enlisted to entrap a powerful casino owner, he discovers that this man is also the one responsible for his parents’ brutal deaths. Yet upon meeting the casino owner’s beautiful daughter Dominique, everything begins to unravel for Mandrill whose life-long search for vengeance may soon fall apart.

Synopsis :
Antonio's parents were murdered when he was a child. As an adult, he is transformed into a relentless bounty hunter, code-named "Mandrill," with the sole aim of finding the murderer and avenging his parents. Mandrill’s only weakness has always been women, so he asks his uncle, a "Don Juan" expert, to instruct him in the arts of seduction. When Mandrill is hired to capture a powerful Mafioso casino owner, he soon discovers that this is the man who he has searched for all these years. But upon meeting Dominique, the beautiful daughter of the casino owner, begins an impossible romance, which can be the only obstacle to his revenge.

Also starring Alejandro Castillo (Kiltro), the MANDRILL Blu-ray Disc and DVD include special features such as the films international trailer and special behind the scenes looks, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, respectively.

Bonus Features:
Behind the scenes of MANDRILL
International trailer

Dig the trailer here:


Ian Jane
03-02-2012, 11:42 AM
I watched this last night and I'll have a full review done soon but in short, this movie is a kick. It's ridiculous but it knows it, and if it plays things a little tongue in cheek it's not at the expense of action, violence or entertainment value. The lead, Marko Zaror, has the same kind of cocky swagger that Antonio Banderas had in Desperado - you don't want to fuck with him, he's way cool, and he'll steal your women and kick you in the face. Dude has got some moves and while there's too much modern style shaky cam/close in fight scene cinematography for this to be as good as it should have been, it's hard not to have fun with this one. The retro throwbacks to the 'John Colt' movies that inspired the man character are also a lot of fun and kinda make me wish they actually existed so I could watch them.

Alison Jane
03-06-2012, 04:48 PM
Unfortunately I didn't get to see the beginning of this but the rest from when I started was pretty badass.