Wednesday, September 07, 2011
VIOLENT CITY (1970) - Sergio Sollima
Peek-a-boo! Guess whose idyllic Virgin Islands off the- grid getaway is about to turn very bloody. Guess who's going to be looking for some payback when he's left for dead and his girlfriend goes missing. That's right-- old Charlie Bronson, here playing a contract killer brought out from retirement to New Orleans by baddie Telly Savalas.
Plotwise, Violent City doesn't offer much new that the classic Point Blank, Bronson's The Mechanic or the more recent The American doesn't do better. But there are some very fine, very pulpy moments to be had. See Charlie Bronson expertly steer a sports car through the narrow island streets in a great dialogue-free opening chase! See Bronson play chicken with a tarantula in crowded prison cell! See Bronson do a long distance sniper hit in the middle of a crowded Formula One race track! See him do a better one on his own girlfriend in a see-through elevator takedown! See Violent City...but only if you're really into this sort of thing.