Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Starring: Robert Z'Dar, Ken Letner, Steven Molone, Joanne Watkins, William Roebuck, Peter Sherayko, and David Rushing
There are a few noteworthy things
about The Big Sweat, but the most obvious is the extended, ridiculously
long chase scene. Some sources have it at forty five minutes. Think about that.
That’s insane. The filmmakers were misguided if they thought they could outdo classic chase scenes in movies such as The French Connection (1971) and Bullitt (1968)
simply by lengthening theirs. That’s misguided - their logic must have
been “more running time = better”. Unfortunately, this childish logic
was not successful. Seeing as most chases only work if you care about
the characters in the cars, The Big Sweat
should have concentrated on character development instead. As it is,
how much patience/caring should we have? It’s really asking a lot of the
audience to endure, and even die-hard car chase movie fans would be hard-pressed to justify that.
noteworthy is the presence of the great Robert Z’Dar as Troudou. He
gives one of his most animated, and some may say goofy performances that
we’ve ever seen. His energy is absolutely crucial to enduring this
movie. Without Z’Dar, this would have been a slog of the lowest order.
From his killer
entrance on down, Z’Dar rules the movie. Maybe he felt he had nothing
to lose. And once he’s teamed up with American Hero Barsky (Rushing),
the sparks really fly.
Director Ulli Lommel is pretty well-known, and if you can imagine what an AIP Lommel movie might be like...well...this is it.
Most of the budget must have gone to Robert Z’Dar and gasoline in this brainless outing.
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