|FRESH KILL (director/writer: Joseph Merhi; cinematographer: Richard Pepin; editor: Richard Pepin; music: John Gonzalez; cast: Pamela Dixon (Lisa), Jody Jaress (Jane), Flint Keller (Allen Chester), Patricia Parks (Leona Alexander), Robert Dzar (Manny), Del Zamora (Bruno), Ron Preston (Carter), Dave Schroder (Mel), Steve Welles (Mike); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Joseph Merhi/Richard Pepin; City Lights; 1988)|
senseless violent offbeat crime drama."
by Dennis Schwartz
violent offbeat crime drama by writer/director
Joseph Merhi ("Game of
Life"/"Oranges"/"Last Man Standing"). It's a terrible
movie with poor production values (like the sound was
almost inaudible), but that's not to say it isn't
entertaining for those (not me) who have the stomach
for its raunchiness.
Later Allen gets used to living in the crime-ridden streets of LA, and envisions himself playing a gangster. When Allen learns Manny's henchmen executed his parents in their Chicago home, he seeks revenge. Allen talks Carter into joining his gang to raid Manny's headquarters, while Leona recruits Mike (Steve Welles), her weirdo helicopter pilot, film buff and philosophical scam artist friend. The shoot-out at the climax, at Manny's digs, deliciously ends with unexpected results. But it seems a long time in coming, as the slight story has stretches where it becomes tiresome and seems to drag on forever.
This rarely seen revenge film can be recommended for its gleeful presentation of colorful characters and its over-the-top violence. But be warned, it's not a film suited for all tastes. Though the film gave me a few laughs, that was not enough to like it.
REVIEWED ON 3/8/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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