Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

Michael Caine is in Death Wish mode as a mil­i­tary vet­eran and wid­ower who takes to the vi­o­lent Bri­tish streets to ex­act vengeance on the young thugs who killed his only friend. Caine seems to grow as an ac­tor in ve­hi­cles that get weaker and weaker, but even his strong per­for­mance doesn’t make this one work, and the movie is filled with chillingly un­pleas­ant scenes of drug use, rape, and murder. It’s grotesquely fas­ci­nat­ing to see Caine play­ing in this bor­der­line ex­ploita­tive ma­te­rial, and the film has one great line: “Lis­ten, what you’re telling me is this es­ca­lat­ing vi­o­lence is due to a vigilante pen­sioner!” Rated R. 103 min­utes. Re­gal

DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert Nott)

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