Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Capsule Reviews 1/4/12- Crime

At some point I'm going to have to sit down and watch this again because it does nothing I expected. Rocca is asked by a friend to get a mutual friend out of jail. He's been framed by a business associate. Jean Paul Belmondo is Rocca, a no nonsense guy who seems to be forever in control. Its a crime drama that meanders all over the place and keeps you interested simply because you don't know where it's going to end up. I got to the end and realized I had to see it once more because I wasn't sure how it all fit together. Worth a look.

The version I have from Sinister Cinema and it's badly dubbed (which is not Sinister's fault it's simply what they have). The plot has a cop asking a truck driver, once a bad guy but now clean, about what he did the night before. It seems that his girl may have been murdered and evidence points his way. The dead girl isn't his girlfriend. However she's gone missing and she maybe mixed up with the murder so he and the cop begin investigating. Good film noir probably will play better in the original Japanese because the dubbing makes it seem like a comedy...which it's really not. If you can manage to either take the English dub on it's own terms or get a subtitled version this is worth a look.

Ex-con reunites with his son and they travel the country looking for work. All he wants is to be able to take care of his son. However circumstance is against him and he is unable to find or hold a job, so he is drawn in to a kidnap scheme which goes off the rails... Low budget drama is okay entertainment. Its a nice time killer which I suspect you've probably never seen. Quality wise its the sort of film I'm on the fence about mentioning here at Unseen Films simply because while it's worth noting, it kind of just misses... but since I'm mentioning you may want to give it a shot.

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