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Stylish and polished updating of the 70s/80s "Good Man in Bad War" genre
Vietnam flicks, several of which star/director Ginty played in himself
can forget THE EXTERMINATOR?). Ginty made a name for himself in TV's THE
PAPER CHASE, but will forever be remembered for his roles as a pretty-boy
action-hero in dozens of low budget foreign potboilers. This here,
is an exciting and beautiful film, shot in real-life "Little Saigon," a
bizarre, corrupt Chinatown clone that's nestled in the heart of Houston,
Texas, filled with teeming masses of Viet refugees and their descendents,
all trying to scrape together a living in the land of (diminishing)
opportunity. An interesting departure for Ginty, who is still directing
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I don't buy Exterminator Ginty as a priest. Especially one with a child
and who kills.
This movie jumped on the whole "Vietnam war was bad" bandwagon way too late. It tried a few twists to shake up the story, but we still got the same old clichés.
Haing "Dith Pran" Ngor did his best with the material, but our Oscar winner wasn't shown to be that evil really. Unlikeable maybe..
And Tim Thomerson, as entertaining as he is to watch, is NOT much of an actor. And his alcoholic, bar-owner, vet character was the biggest cliché in the bunch.
And the ending? You have GOT to be kidding. Wrapped it all up in a nice bow in seconds.
I like Robert Ginty, but he should stick to the action flicks and lay off the drama. At least until he gets a good writer.
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