Heroine Legends has just released Agent Files Case 2: “Bait and Switch” featuring the heroine Fuchsia, who previously appeared in both Torture Chamber Session 5 and Heroine Academy 2: Georgia’s Initiation (for those of you keeping track of these things… as you should!)
Review by Sidekick
Agent Files Case 2: “Bait and Switch is a well-produced piece of action filmmaking, and it’s the first film that got me thinking about the business side of making these movies. The reason? The cast is absolutely huge, especially for this genre. There’s one heroine, and over the course of the film, she faces down at least ten goons. All have lines, all have a part in the action, and I have to assume it was pretty expensive to pay them all for their time.
Logan could have easily cast three guys to play henchmen for this movie and nobody would have blinked, but he decided to go much bigger. That demonstrates to me that no matter what you may think of the movies Heroine Legends produces, nobody can say they short-change customers in effort or fail to reinvest the money they make back into their films. I think fans appreciate this kind of dedication from producers.
The film itself opens up with a great-looking girl sitting on a couch and receiving a message that some bad guys are getting together in a park to make some kind of deal. The film itself is not all that plot heavy. There’s some talk about a schematic, but I didn’t truly know who the bad guys were, so I consulted to web site and here’s the synopsis.
Fuchsia, a good friend of Hawke, works for the same Secret Agency that Destiny does, but when a mission involving mobsters that know of her strength goes wrong, Fuchsia becomes a bargaining chip between two very dangerous and powerful Mob bosses. She is hoping her Academy training will kick in once she can get them where she wants them.
Bait and Switch mostly follows two-thirds of my favorite formula for these films or as I call it the “Zen Pictures method.” In Zen films the heroine always starts out strong, eventually loses to a superior opponent or falls into a trap and then finds a way to win in the end. I don’t know why that’s the formula I like. I guess I just like knowing the heroine can handle herself, and I like her to have to overcome formidable obstacles.
In this case, Fuchsia interrupts an exchange in the park and after a long, well-choreographed fight scene, she takes down all the goons. She leaves the bad guys tied to a tree for the police and goes home. Big mistake. When she learns that the bad guys have not been arrested she returns to the park and falls into a trap. She is knocked out, brought back to a hideout, and roughed up.
At first she is tied up in chains and beaten, then tied to a table and beaten again. A half dozen goons pound on this girl for the bulk of the second half of the film. It’s mostly punches to the face and stomach, but she is gagged twice for those of you who like those kind of scenes.
Aside from not knowing all the players involved and what exactly their motivations were, I was thoroughly entertained by the film. I liked it more than the first episode and it ends on a cliffhanger, and I’m looking forward to finding out how Fuchsia’s story continues.