|NO MERCY (director: Richard Pearce; screenwriters: Jim Carabatsos; cinematographer: Michel Brault; editors: Jerry Greenberg/Bill Yahraus; music: Alan Silvestri; cast: Richard Gere (Eddie Jillette), Gary Basaraba (Joe Collins), Jeroen Krabbe (Losado), Terry Kinney ( Paul Deveneux), Kim Basinger (Michel Duval ), William Atherton (Allan Deveneux), George Dzundza (Captain Stemkowski), Aleta Mitchell (Cara); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: R; producer: D. Constantine Conte; Tri-Star Pictures; 1986)|
|"Gere is convincing and makes it
by Dennis Schwartz
routine but violent crime thriller directed by Richard
Pearce ("Leap of Faith"/"Sessions"/"A Family
Thing") without distinction. The screenplay
is by Jim Carabatsos, who also wrote ''Heartbreak
Chicago cop Eddie Jillette (Gere) visits New
Orleans with his partner Joe Collins (Gary
Basaraba) and go undercover to act on a tip Joe
received about a Bayou crime boss being set-up for a
hit. But Joe is brutally knocked-off and an angry
Eddie remains there to get the killer by any means
possible. Eddie's only chance of getting the killer,
the ruthless Cajun kingpin Losado
(Jeroen Krabbé), is
through the kidnapping of the mysterious blonde
pouting sole witness Michal Duval (Kim
Basinger). She happens to be the mobster's
kept gal. The cop uses her as bait, after cuffing her.
Things are too predictable and the set-up is too clichéd to make this standard cop drama stand-out, but Gere is convincing and makes it watchable. Also the set-pieces are effective and the atmosphere is authentic, as it visits both the French Quarters of New Orleans and the backwater swamps of the Bayou.
REVIEWED ON 6/7/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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