“Ms .45” shoots a straight shot down the line between exploitation and fetishization. And just like its leading character; the film does. not. miss.
Abel Ferrara’s rape revenge flick achieves more tact of tone in its less than 80 minutes of runtime than some directors reach through decades of their careers. While disturbing in setup, Ferrara does not linger on the suffering (or worse - objectification) in the work’s inciting incidents.
Instead, he basks in the self-realized autonomy of Zoë Lund’s “Ms .45,” a mute seamstress.
Taking inspiration from the likes of “Lady Snowblood” and women-led blaxploitation pictures like “Coffy,” Ferrara makes no attempt to girl boss-up his leading lady. She is a product of the corrupt and violent world…