Oh man, is there any more Father’s Day flick possible than a Men on a Mission movie set during WWII? This goofier sequel to Guns of Navarone has Harrison Ford as the straight man, Robert Shaw as the dry British man of experience, Franco Nero as an evil traitor, Richard Kiel as a massive brutal Chetnik, Carl Weathers as a deserter who just wants to know what the hell is going on, and best of all, Barbara Bach as a partisan in flagrant delicto. Not good per se, but fun.
This Antonio Margheriti knockoff of The Wild Geese (with some Dark of the Sun thrown in) plays pretty well, with all the usual tropes. Here the action is focused on a mission to destroy opium depots in Vietnam (or maybe Cambodia, the dubbing is hazy), but it’s full of the typical over-the-too violence, savagery, and heroic sacrifice expected of the “Mercs on a Mission” genre.
Lewis Collins plays the cold blooded leader and Ernest Borgnine lends some star power, but…
I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.
I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…
Went to see this with my wife and son and we all had pretty much he same reaction. It was entertaining, by far the best of the three American Godzilla films, but still nowhere near as satisfying or fun as a good Japanese Godzilla film. Some stray (spoiler-free) observations below:
1. Rodan was the highlight for all of us. The film did a great job updating his look and made him really fun. It helped that the use of reds…