Sometimes, you wish a series had a little more continuity than it does. That is one thing you can definitely say about this series of movies. I mean, who care if you were a bad guy and died in an earlier film. We can just bring you back as a good guy with a different name in another movie. That actually happens a couple of times throughout the film series. It happened with Bruce Penhall, who was one of Miguel Ortiz’s assassins in Picasso Trigger, but then became good guy Bruce Christian in Savage Beach. The same thing happened with Roberta Vasquez, who was the evil double agent Pantera in Picasso Trigger, but now is Donna’s partner in today’s movie, Guns.
The plot: In Las Vegas, Juan Degas, a South American gunrunner, hires two assassins, Cubby and Tito, to accompany him to Molokai for a job. Upon arriving on Molokai, Degas sees Donna and her new partner Nicole enter a dress shop and identifies Nicole as the target for the two hitmen. Unknown to Degas, another woman enters the dress shop and gets the exact same dress as Nicole, and the hitmen end up following the wrong woman. Disguising themselves as women, the two hitmen kill the woman and her husband as well as Rocky, who tries to stop them. Meanwhile, Degas meets with his weapons supplier and makes a deal to smuggle the weapons through Molokai, saying that in a few days, there won’t be a federal agent within 1000 miles of the island. Donna and Nicole are heading to Rocky’s when Nicole notices two men leaving the women’s restroom. Hearing screams coming from the restaurant, they rush inside and find Rocky and the newlyweds dead, with a jack of diamonds card labeled “For Donna” written on it. Realizing the two men she saw were the killers, Donna and Nicole give chase and, upon hearing the killers flew off in a helicopter, they get in their plane and follow them but when the men land the plane and drive off in a rental car, the girls are unable to follow due to low fuel. Landing at Shane’s Aviation, the fill in Shane and Bruce about what happened and, with the realization that Nicole was the intended target, they decide to head to Las Vegas to investigate the only lead they have. Shane contacts Lucas, who runs the Las Vegas branch of The Agency, and he agrees to assemble a team together for them. Elsewhere, Degas berates the two hitmen and sends his assistant, Tong, to watch the airstrip and to use the new weapons to kill Nicole when they land. When the four agents land, they load their gear into a van and split up, with Nicole and Bruce taking a dirt bike while Donna and Shane follow in the van. Tong has two men use a small plane to go after Nicole and kill her but Donna manages to destroy the aircraft, but not before the killers take out their vehicles. Catching a ride to their hotel, the agents meet with the rest of the team and Lucas goes over what they know and gives out their assignments. He tells Donna that the Attorney General in Carson City has been asked to see her and she reluctantly agrees to go but ends up arguing with the Attorney General, who happens to be her mother Kathryn. One of the agents, a magician named Abe, goes to question two suspects that are being held in a police precinct. During the questioning, Abe reveals that he is the brother of a dead federal agent and one of the men was the man that killed his brother and Abe ends up killing both of the men. Tong tells Degas what has happened so far and Degas says that as long as the agents are focused in Vegas, the operation can continue as planned. Elsewhere, Kym is able to track down Cubby and Tito at a drag bar but she is unable to capture them. While watching Edy’s performance, as well as Abe’s performance afterwards, Degas receives a call from Cubby and Tito and decides to send his lover, Cash, to kill Abe while he has Tong have Shane and Brown, who were watching them during the performances, killed. Shane and Brown meet Donna at a nearby gym for a workout but while Donna goes to take a shower, two ninjas appear and attack Shane but are killed by Donna and Brown. Upset with Donna’s continued interference, Degas decides to have Cubby and Tito kidnap Kathryn. Meanwhile, Cash sneaks on board Abe’s boat and kills Ace, Abe’s wife, and uses an grenade to kill Abe. Lucas assembles the team on Abe’s boat but Edy, who used to dance with Cash and recognized the smell of her perfume, skips the meeting and goes after Cash. Inside the boat, the agents learn that the gun used against them was the same kind used recently in South America. Realizing that they were lured out of Molokai so guns could be smuggled through Hawaii into South America, Donna has Nicole and Bruce go back to Hawaii while the rest of the team goes after Degas. When he sees Cash’s body, Degas orders Cubby and Tito to kill Nicole and tells Tong to bring Donna’s mother to him. Stopping for food for the flight to Molokai, Nicole uses the restroom and is attacked by Cubby and Tito, but she manages to kill one of them while Bruce helps her kill the second one. While they are staking out Degas’ hotel, Kym sees Tong bringing Kathryn into the hotel, and Donna and Shane decide to go in. Splitting up, Shane runs into Tong and manages to kill him by sheer accident. Donna confronts Degas, and learns that Degas is the man that killed her father. Degas is using Kathryn as a shield and plans to kill both her and Donna but Donna hits the floor button for Abe’s magic trick, opening the floor beneath Kathryn, dropping her to safety beneath the stage, and then uses a miniature rocket launcher to kill Degas.
Yes, we are back to the over the top campiness that make these movies enjoyable. The acting was pretty decent in this one, though I was surprised by two things in this movie. 1) this is one of the first times I ever saw Erik Estrada not riding a motorcycle at any point in the movie, and 2) he made a pretty good villain. This was also my first time seeing Danny Trejo in a movie, before he became famous for Desperado. The plot was a little confusing but they did their best to tie up any loose ends that there might have been. The special effects were the usual bit of exploding dummies that are fun to watch. I mean, when Donna blows up Degas, you see all the stuffing fly everywhere, but you don’t see any blood like you would expect to see. If you enjoy watching these type of movies, then you will probably like this one.
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5