Monday, May 2, 2016

The Big Sweat (1991)

How bad is it? It's more than half borrowed footage and less than half plotted.
Should you see it? Only if you're a Z'Dar fan.

This might be the worst film with Robert Z'Dar, which is saying something, but then again, it was directed by Ulli Lommel, so it's necessarily bad. An ex-con released from prison gets involved in a bank heist that's supposed to be infallible (apparently, walk in, rob, walk out has never been tried before) and then gets pursued relentlessly by an FBI agent. This pursuit includes a 35 minute (!) car chase, entirely consisting of footage lifted from better films. There's two scenes involving bathrooms, a ping pong game, maybe 4 sets, color balance issues, boom mic picking up wind sounds, drivers with changing hair color in cars from 15 years earlier and an opening walk that takes forever and has a change of clothing continuity error. This is completely slapdash, but Z'Dar is always fun to watch.

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