5 September 2018 | Bezenby
Non-stop action in this as Ray Lovelock is a jewel thief who gets himself caught committing his first robbery, only for it to turn out that he's going undercover to break a drug dealing ring.
Martin Balsam is the wiseguy in Lovelock's sights, at least a first, because Lovelock has a bit of an agenda going on and this only comes to light when his contact in the force doesn't particularly think that Lovelock killing of every bad guy he sees as necessarily a good thing. Luckily Ray doesn't listen to him anyway, and continues to work his way up the ranks of the gang while working his way through the rival gangs ranks with a big ass gun.
At no point does Lovelock sit down with Woody Allen and discuss sexual politics, nor does he symbolically bugger a goat that represents the land being buggered by agriculture. This is a Eurocrime film, and fulfils its obligations nicely by barraging our brain sensors with violence of the punchy and shooty kind, romance with Elke Sommer, double-crossing and people being shot in the face, and a fairly decent chase sequence where Ray takes on a truck while riding a bike, and that's after he's chased the bike down on foot.
There's quite a lot packed into this one, although Martin Balsam is kind of shoved into the background toward the end of the film, Lovelock's one track mind of revenge keeps this one flowing along nicely.