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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
European Revenge Action Flic, 30 August 2003
Author: frankie-47 from Paddington, Brisbane, Australia
Hey there must be fans out there of the 70s European action movies. The
of the genre is Charles Bronson but a lot of other US actors packed up
headed over to Europe to churn out some mid budget violence.
This time its Christopher Mitchum ( son of Robert), Karl Malden, and Olivia Hussey, with support from Italian Raf Vallone.
Its basically the young man seeking revenge redeemed by love plot mixed in with the old cop with a guilty conscience who wants to atone for his sins plot. And its not half bad with some nice motorbike stunts, cool sunglasses worn by Mitchum and nice location photography in Spain. And of course there is that ambience found in these 70s Euro action films where there are long pauses, meaningful angles as well as a gallery of existential or thoughtful characters. Its no classic but its fun. The only question is when is Tarantino going to get around to this sub genre?
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A young boy witnesses the murder of his father, years later he takes vengeance on the mobsters that killed him, 4 May 2008
Author: massbits from United Kingdom
A young boy witnesses the murder of his Father by vicious mobsters, 20 years pass the Kid now a young man (Christopher Mitchum) plots his one man vengeance trail on all those responsible for his Father's death. Hot on his heels is a hard boiled cop (Karl Malden) who has been hired by he Mob to stop the kid, who has already killed a fair few of the Mob, The Kid's ace in the hole, is when he kidnaps the daughter (Oliva Hussy) of the leader of the Mob (Raf Vallone)in order to lure him out to make him an easy target, However things get more complex for the Kid as the two young'ns gradually fall for one another. A great piece of 70's Euro trash exploitation, with nice cinematography,great Motorbike stunts by the master Remy Julian and his posse of stunt men and a great score by Luis Baclov (Django). Both Mitchum and Hussey are excellent in their roles and they seem to develop some sort of surreal chemistry. Karl Malden makes the best of a very sparse script,
2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Revenge is a dish best served...in the summertime, 14 July 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
Summertime Killer is a Spanish thriller and would seem to take
influence both from the Italian Polizi and mafia genres, as well as the
American action films. The film is thoroughly entertaining for the
entire duration; but it does suffer from some major story and scripting
problems - for a start, the film simply tries to do too much and
changes gears too often and at really short notice; we go from a
revenge thriller to a kidnap flick in a heartbeat and it makes the film
feel rather disjointed. Add in some completely bizarre character
decisions and you've got a film that is seriously hard to take
seriously. Summertime Killer starts with a scene that sees a bunch of
gangsters kill a man, under the nose of his son. We then fast forward a
few years and the kid is grown up; the gangsters that killed his father
are also being picked off one by one. Naturally, there are people out
to stop him from taking his revenge; including the mob boss as well as
a police detective who resolves to track the kid down.
The lead character is played by Christopher Mitchum; a fresh faced actor who I was surprised to find is the son of grizzled Noir star Robert Mitchum. He actually fits the role better than I thought he would and plays the cold man of few words well. My fellow Dario Argento fans will recognise Karl Malden as the star of Cat O'Nine Tails; the distinctive actor puts in a good performance here, and the stunning Argentine actress Olivia Hussey rounds off the central cast. There's a solid stream of action that runs throughout the movie and thankfully director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi knows his way around an action scene well enough to keep everything entertaining. The car chase towards the end of the film is a seriously gripping highlight and actually reminded me a lot of the standout car chase in James Cameron's masterpiece Terminator 2. The film has a fair few distinctive elements about it; the way the central character rides around on a dirt bike and lives in a houseboat being the biggest of them. Overall; this is certainly a very flawed film - but it's entertaining enough and I'm sure that anyone who tracks it down won't be too disappointed.
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