Young, Violent, Dangerous / Liberi armati pericolosi (1976)

3.5 out of 5

Though made at the height of the poliziotteschi era in the mid seventies, Romolo Guerrieri's entry in the genre differs from most other films from that period, focusing on youth violence as opposed to the regular cops and robbers or Mafia plots so popular at that time.

The three youths in question rob and kill their way through Milan by any means necessary and try to hot foot it to the swiss border before Tomas Milian's determined inspector catches up to them.

As would be expected from the pen of Fernando Di Leo there is plenty of character study into the insights and motives of the three individuals and what makes them tick. Fans of action and violence are well served too with a decent car chase and some brutal killings and gun play.

Of course, things aren't going to turn out well for the three, but the interplay between the lead characters is the movie's main strength. In fact if it were to be renamed the film could easily have called Vicious, Regretful and Annoying and it would sum up the three characters perfectly.

Tomas Milian gives a serviceable but rather passionless performance, one of his few films he doesn't get to steal the show. Also, a rather pedestrian score loses this film half a star but it is still nonetheless highly enjoyable.

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