Barry Battles’ The Baytown Outlaws is a car chase action thriller with graphic violence of a spaghetti thriller. It has Billy Bob Thornton playing a redneck crime lord. It is not a great movie but entertaining enough for people who enjoys grindhouse flicks.
The Baytown Outlaws is like Smokey and the Bandit except the good guys are bad guys too. But they are not as vicious as the actual bad guys in the movie. The main outlaws are the Oodie brothers – Brick (Clayne Crawford), McQueen (Travis Fimmel), and Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore). They are ex-convicts from a small town in Alabama.
The Oodie brothers are thieves and killers but somehow Celeste (Eva Longoria) gets their name as people who might be able to help her get her son back in a custody battle. The father got the child and the Oodie brothers agree to get him back for Celeste.
What they don’t know is the father is a drug lord named Carlos (Billy Bob Thornton). He wants to expand his drug empire and needs the kid for the money the government pays for his upkeep since he’s confined to a wheelchair. The support check is enough to underwrite a fleet of cars and the thugs to staff them.
Now the good bad guys have to fight the real bad guys led by Thornton. Along the way, they meet several groups of bikers that Thornton sends after the Oodie brothers after they manage to get the kid. The story doesn’t make any sense but the action is frantic.
The Baytown Outlaws also has heart. The Oodie brothers bond with the child and learn to communicate with the unspeaking young man. The battles have humor with all the killing. It is also a surprise to find warmth in a movie that’s all about fast cars and guns.