What Hollywood does so badly is take a decent idea for a movie and screw it up by adding an A, B, but most likely C-list star to it. Now, rather than focus on the story, the studio suits are more focused on milking as much star-power out of that big name for mere ticket sales. Story be damned.
From Brazil, Bacurau is a pretty fantastic movie, and the only star-power behind it is veteran actors Sônia Braga and Udo Kier. Bacurau is the name of a small town in the middle of nowhere. This rural town is in mourning with the passing of its matriarch, Carmelita, and to make matters worse, the region’s mayor has sold out the city, specifically its water rights, for his gain.
“…lead a group of blood-thirsty American tourists to hunt down every member of the town for points…”
Meanwhile, strange things are afoot in Bacurau. First, members of the town are picked off one-by-one. During a school lesson, the teacher goes to the internet to show the kids where Bacurau is located on the map, but the town is missing as if it doesn’t exist. Lastly, one of the inhabitants is riding his motor-bike and finds himself followed by a UFO-shaped drone.
Without spoiling things too much, someone wants the town removed permanently. This someone has hired a mercenary named Michael (Udo Kier) to lead a group of blood-thirsty American tourists to hunt down every member of the town for points in a real-life game. It shouldn’t be too hard as the town consists mostly of the elderly and children and, for the most part, unarmed.