|CENTER OF THE WEB (director/writer: David A. Prior; cinematographer: Andrew Parke; editor: Tony Malanowski; music: Greg Turner; cast: Bo Hopkins (Frank Allesendro), Robert Davi (Richard Morgan), Charlene Tilton (Kathryn Lockwood), Ted Prior (John Phillips ), Charles Napier (Agent Williams), William Zipp (Tony), Tony Curtis (Stephen Moore), Graham Timbes (Joe); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Ruta K Aras; AIP Home Video; 1992)|
|"A lively thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
lively thriller written and directed by David A.
Prior ("Zombie Wars"/"Night
Claws"/"Night Trap"). It was filmed in Mobile,
drama teacher named John Phillips (Ted
Prior) is mistaken for a hired killer and
forced into a car by two thugs. During a drive-by gun
battle one thug is killed and another flees. When the
cops arrive they find John, who has trouble explaining
things. Since his girlfriend Kathyrn (Charlene
Tilton) is an assistant D.A., he's freed
from jail. But Richard Morgan (Robert Davi), a
mysterious Justice Department agent, threatens to jail
John again unless he continues to pose for the feds as
an undercover gangster. Info has been uncovered
that John's hitman character was hired to assassinate
a visiting governor.
over-plotted film contains double and triple-crosses
and lots of car crashes. No one seems to be who they
say they are and nothing is what it seems. Even the DA
(Bo Hopkins) can't be trusted.
is so confused, she seeks help from an old family
friend, a retired CIA operative (Tony
Curtis). The only thing we're certain of is that
the guy with the weird hair-do, William Zipp is the
value as low-brow entertainment. The acting is fine,
with Davi's performance taking honors. The pace is
lively. And as far as thrillers go, this one is not
REVIEWED ON 5/27/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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