Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Kino Lorber - KILLER FORCE on Blu-ray ""

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kino Lorber - KILLER FORCE on Blu-ray

KILLER FORCE (1975; Val Guest)
Can I just open by saying that it truly fascinates me that there was a time when Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lee and O.J. Simpson were all just out there doing their acting thing and could casually end up in a film together? What a strange time. And that the film could be heist flick about a giant diamond compound and a group of dudes trying to rob it. Heist movies are a fun subgenre in that even the mediocre ones are enjoyable to watch. This mostly comes from the built-in suspense of the scenario itself. There's always some safe to break into, alarm that needs to be avoided or some guards that need to be taken out. In this case, the whole compound is a giant swath of desert real estate and the main headquarters is surrounded by a "pressure plate". This plate is buried beneath the sand and can be set off by not only anyone walking over it, but also by any metal (guns etc), being carried across it. Also, there's a safe with $20 million in diamonds that starts blasting nerve gas if you put the combination in wrong. When the head of security (Telly Savalas) gets wind of an inside mad trying to help with the heist, things start to amp up and that makes the whole deal more complicated for the thieves. While not groundbreaking, the combination of the cast and the genre elements make this a good watch for fans of 70s films. And if you're into watching a safe be cracked by something that looks like a calculator or seeing Christopher Lee shooting people up with sub-machine guns, then this is the movie for you!
Oh and I almost forgot to mention Maud Adams. Holy smokes is she something. I cannot explain why I find her so irresistibly gorgeous, but I certainly do. She's one of those actors that doesn't get mentioned much anymore, but my gosh was she lovely. She had this 70s magazine model look to her that always appealed to me. And since she didn't do much work (that I've seen) after 1983, she always remains frozen in that period and in that look forever. Lastly, this movie was directed by veteran British director Val Guest. Guest is a name you might recognize from movies like THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN, THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT and THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE. While KILLER FORCE doesn't quite live up to his previous efforts, it certainly helps the movie to have him at the helm. He really maintains a solid feeling of "Will they make it??" right up until the very ending of the film, which is always appreciated. Films from the 70s did this more often - running the action all the way up to the credits -  and I wish more movies would do this.

Special Features:
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Alternate Ending
-Alternate Title Card 

You can buy KILLER FORCE on Blu-ray here:

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