Code Name: Wild Geese / Geheimcode: Wildgänse (1984)

1.0 out of 5

The movie's inspired explosions feature all manner of colorful, slow-motion debris but cannot make up for too many uninspired , near-comatose performances particularly from head zombie-mercenary Lewis Collins. Richard Burton is sincerely missed, despite the fact that he wandered, staggered, through the original Wild Geese with about as much conviction as a drowsy extra.

Nice location work fails to improve upon the leagues of unsquibbed extras that endlessly flop and drop like coconuts. Director Antonio Margheriti's action technique is so formulaic during most scenes, the film sustains a pace akin to a vintage 1970s Pong game, set to medium speed. Ernest Borgnine, Klaus Kinski and Lee Van Cleef supply a dream cast, and they look great on the poster, yet their scenes are so boring, and the plot so muddled, it's a relief once the camera finally pans to its freeze-frame credit scroll. Car chase in a mountain tunnel looks like it was shot using poorly matching toy cars, which it most likely was.

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