User:joemol on Sun, 13 Sep 2009 13:44:20 +0000
This movie is a typical 1960s telemovie and captures that ugly, shallow, pretentious age exactly. There are a number of things you should look out for. Firstly, the photography is very typical of the time and has an awful washed out quality which recalls the dreadful 60's environment, the clothes, cars and buildings with eerie accuracy. The muffled sound matches the package and the awful un-retouched echoes and reverbs, picked up by the idiotically placed omni-directional microphones, just about wipe out any meaningful dialogue. Secondly, the plot is, shall we say, rather odd. It has two outstanding features. Firstly, the whole police department of an entire city seems to consist of a mere three detectives. It appears to be beyond their ken to send a squad car to the distressed heroine's aid when she calls for help and one of them has to drive half way across town to rescue her. They even manage to surround a whole theme park all by their three lonely selves, again without a uniform in sight. Kinda explains why they seem to have so much trouble catching the bad guy. There is also a lot of time-wasting filler in the movie, like the interminable driving sequences where nothing much happens except for a speeding car being filmed from all angles (including from an overdrive pit) for minutes at a time. The other notable thing about the plot is that the heroine portrays a character who must surely rate as one of the dumbest, most stupid people on the planet. No lady! You don't rescue a kid who has a remote control bomb wrapped around his neck, controlled by a psycho, by snatching him up and running for dear life. Duh! All in all a feast for sixties-phobes like me. But despite all of its faults it still has enough entertainment content to while away a little time.