Were I am back in Spaghetti hell and in full style with this very good exemple of our beloved genre.
On the acting departing I quite satisfied with Mark Hammon a bit on the ham side sometimes but never too much never reaching that point ewhere it becames laughable, the latin look made him perfect for spaghetti, Lawrence Dobkin didn’t recognize him could be just another Italian actor, but the face somehow looked familiar, a quick check at IMDB and foun the reason why the man looked familiar, he made is career mostly in US TVland so, he’s also pretty good in the film very professional actor, my guess is that after Eastwood success the idea of traveling to Almeria or Rome wasn’t such a bad choice ( like it used to be) for an American actor, even more if he did mostly TV work who knows some got their best exits that way (LuKe Askew for isntance), Neri does really act besides looking lovely as the femme fatale, and character actor Fidel Gonzalezz is very underrated is always good in the films I’ve seen of him.
Also the director made something that is not always easy in this midle of the road films, he was able to create a very well balanced film, of course the plot is the usual stuff but we got some points that should be taken as very positive, first the main characters got some real deep even the female one, also the the two pistoleros relation in the film is very well done, but for me the most positive piont cause the most hard to accomplish is the very good balance between the comic moments with the most dramatic ones is just perfect. The final showdown is also pretty well resolved in my view, and I also liked the ending althought a even more desertic landscape would have done the trick better.
As you can see I really liked this one, of course not the kind of film that could be there among the top dogs of the genre but hey if all the average stuff was like this I would be a happy men, and man in this film they beat a child to death so spags are really brutal and no cgi guts coming out the belly need for that. Other thing that I liked is the very Spanish feeling of the film (and this coming from a Portuguese guy lol, like a Scottish …well never mind), but hell theres a lot of nuestros hermanos in the film, the torture scene, the scenario even Neri looked like a Spanish Senorita. It deserved a sequel I’ll that much.
4 stars in my Topo scale