Big Pharma is a serial murderer, and they get a thrashing in “Sweet Girl” – literally. Brian Andrew Mendoza’s feature debut, an actioner about a father who responds to personal tragedy by going on a bloodthirsty rampage with his teen daughter in tow, is a giddily outlandish exploitation throwback, starring Jason Momoa as a grieving bruiser whose answer to everything is violence, violence, and more violence. When it premieres on Netflix on Aug. 20, it will deliver the kind of R-rated macho violence that was all the rage in the 1980s and 1990s. IMDB
That is a bold statement from an ordinary man whose background and occupation are never exposed. The most we know about Ray is that he enjoys working out at an MMA gym, proving his badass credentials. Nonetheless, Momoa convincingly portrays Ray’s widower anguish during a hospital corridor collapse, radiating a depth of genuine emotion that is almost surprisingly strong considering the silliness that follows. Ray is approached by a Vice reporter (Nelson Franklin) who claims to have inside knowledge on BioPrime’s evil activities, and Ray agrees to meet him on a metro train, where an assassin (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) emerges out of nowhere and murders the jovial Amanda.