Silent Action / La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (1975)

2.0 out of 5

A dummy gets squashed beneath a train with such force its head pops off and blood issues into the camera. This, a promising enough beginning to director Sergio Martino's poliziottescho doesn't guarantee further visceral thrills. Nor does the movie's slackening pace and a running time that could have used a trim help things any. The labyrinthian plot involves international gun-runners, assassinated generals, and German boot camps, but, despite these original elements, is so utterly confusing that by the time Luc Merenda and a seriously unhealthy-looking Tomas Milian deliver their exposition-heavy finale, nothing really matters. All the heavy philosophizing about mankind and guns rings about as true as the numerous flopping extras who propel themselves through the air from explosions detonated meters away. Movie's bleak ending, though imaginative, deserves a better movie.

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