Merciless Man / Genova a mano armarta (1976)

2.0 out of 5

A frustratingly bizarre and convoluted poliziotteschi which stars The French Connection's Tony Lo Bianco as an ex U.S cop turned private eye trying to solve a kidnapping in Genoa. Director Mario Lanfranchi seems inept at crafting either an intriguing plot or at least entertaining action scenes.The plot borders on Fulci like incoherency at times with Bianco lurching from one scene to the next with little plot progression and major lapses in logic. Bad guys turn up randomly about every ten minutes for a punch up or shoot out but even the action isn't up to much either. With all that said Bianco seems to be having a blast with the role and he has to deal with not just one, but two Bond villains in the shape of Octopussy herself Maud Adams and Thunderball's Adolfo Celi as a cranky Genoa cop.

Even a fantastic Franco Micalizzi crime score can't save this from being for die hard fans of the genre only.

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