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George Kennedy seeks revenge for murder of his family
"The 'Human' Factor" is an interesting picture in several ways. The title refers to its theme. George Kennedy's family has been slaughtered by left-wing terrorists, and he seeks personal revenge. That's the human factor, the personal element. Arrest by the police won't suffice for him, and he tells John Mills, who is helping him locate the terrorists and wants him to cooperate with the police, that he does not understand this personal factor.
Another interesting thing is that this British production was filmed in Italy, has Italians in the cast (like Raf Vallone), and has a mixed group of terrorists. There is a car and foot chase too. This makes the movie play something like a poliziotesscho. I'm inclined to place it in that category, at least in part.
I also found very interesting the computer-assisted detective work done by Kennedy and Mills in the 1975 technology. Telephone modems were in use to connect. Capacity and memory were lower and more expensive, but the elements of interconnectivity and data banks being cross-referenced were already present and exploited in the movie.
George Kennedy was the lead in 1970 in another thriller named Zig Zag. He definitely has the acting chops for these parts.
The movie has a surprise or two along the way and in the climax. It has one or two slow spots in the computer end but the action soon resumes. The chase is interesting and realistic with the foot chase having two middle-aged men involved.
The content is unlike "Death Wish". Kennedy by no means is an assassin with a gun, and his quest is not an easy one. He struggles.
It's not a big or weighty or artistic movie, but it's a good solid one for what the story is.
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