When the opening credits of Mi Nombre Es Gatillo (roughly translating to "My Name Is Trigger") finish rolling, we are then given information on the main antagonist “Andrea” as the Tom Elliot/Ol Georg library track “Brain Bank” plays. It is soothing, eerie & total badass. A perfect mood-setter for the movie.
Pablo Moncada alias “Gatillo” (Alvaro Zermeño) is a Brownsville, TX cop hunting down all the usual criminals wandering around town and all the while being a great father & husband. It’s all very typical up until someone from Gatillo’s past has escaped from custody. That someone from Gatillo's past is “Andrea” (Ana Luisa Peluffo)—Gatillo’s ex wife & mother of his son. Andrea was locked away after getting busted for drug trafficking and while she was about to be transported to prison; a South American guerrilla group lead by a man named Rousseau (Eleazar Garcia Jr) has helped her escape and together they plan on selling more drugs so they can acquire all the high-end weaponry they need for their cause. It’s up to El Gatillo to put a stop to all of this and he won’t let the corruption amongst his superiors nor anyone else affiliated with Andrea & Rousseau get in the way.
Mi Nombre Es Gatillo was directed by Pedro Galindo III just after the big success of Siete En La Mira & Rafaga De Plomo. Pedro III obviously had a natch for making action-crime movies and here with Gatillo he does it again, but this one however feels a lot more limited than the others. The Galindo family—whom for many years—had a large ranch in Brownsville, TX where they would film all of their movies alongside the actual town itself. Gatillo it seems was fully filmed on this very same ranch with the exception of the bar scenes & the police station. And with that, the movie feels very limited in resources—but regardless of its limitations; Mi Nombre Es Gatillo has plenty of badass action & suspense and mostly consisting of scenes with the late & legendary Alvaro Zermeño. Alvaro of course doesn't disappoint in any of his scenes since he talks tough and acts tough all the way through & has a variety of guns on hand. In one scene, he uses 2 machine guns docked on a truck and it is one of the coolest scenes of the movie! Now that particular scene lacked some exciting ol’ Georg library music there, but it's still so damn good. Ana Luisa Peluffo plays the antagonist Andrea, whom I’ve dubbed “the ex-wife from hell” and Ana of course can play one very mean lady—and a hard one at that. I truly loved her in this movie.
Mi Nombre Es Gatillo may not come off big & exciting like its predecessors; but it is still a very fun watch. It has plenty of action to keep you entertained, a plot that’s intriguing, and of course it features a cast that give great portrayals of the characters they play. Alvaro Zermeño starred in many great movies during the 1980’s and this one I feel is a standout of his. He really seemed to be into being “Gatillo”.