Milano odia: la polizia non puņ sparare (Almost Human)(The Kidnap of Mary Lou) (1974)
Bring your bullet-proof popcorn bags when viewing this film, because this Dirty Harry rip-off will keep you ducking. Here a worthless punk kidnaps an innocent girl, demanding a ransom which the girl's father has trouble gathering. The punk goes on a killing fest to convince everyone that he means business, but it doesn't impress the gangster-cop Silva, who's used to a little blood. It just makes his day, as he goes above and beyond the law in pursuit of the kidnapper. This film was rated R for a "R"eason. … More
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Julio Sacchi is one of the lowest forms of life, a street criminal with no qualms about violence other than the fear of getting caught. He's not smart enough to ascend the ranks of organized crime, and not modest enough to do an ounce of work for a living. But by risking his whole contemptible existence on a kidnapping plot, and aiming his animal intelligence on doing whatever murder or treachery that might keep the law away, Julio proves to us that a crime contains its own genius and often pays. The filmmaking does about the same, with a little more class. The editing is led the brutishness of the characters and most of the camerawork doesn't show a style beyond framing the action and making sure the lens cap is off.
Like the Italian title suggests, the movie asks the sociological question: is this the fault of the class system? -- Or are Julio and his friends just different degrees and amphetamine dosages away from complete sociopaths? Julio Sacchi is a common hood, but his excellence at being one is what's uncommon; with his complete fidelity to his monstrous logic, he's one of a kind.
The sociological question is familiar, but the movie offers an unexpected answer: what we do know is that the system seems to make small men into lords over the realm, and prevails over nobler souls until they act like small men.
Directly translated: Milan hates: the police cannot talk nonsense, this film starts off interesting as a real criminal effs up a robbery and it punished for it, and you feel bad for him, so you're with him as he decides to kidnap a girl, that's when it switches and this fucker goes crazy and in the first half of this flick you feel that nothing is held sacred, as he and his group sexually assault, torture and kill children and adults alike. The inspector enters the scene, played by Henry Silva, who you'll recognize from Ghost Dog where he plays a gangster, and he just looks kinda scary and is one dimensional. But at the half way point something happens and you find yourself liking absolutely no one in the film, only for the Cop to appear more prominent in the last 3rd, become likable and well, you can see for yourself.
Having seen alot of Grindhouse type films, but not a whole bunch in the Euro-Crime category, the first third of the film was through and through what I expected, but it kinda switches it on you half way and gets you into the story.
This is directed by Umberto Lenzi, who directed the other Eaten Alive, and because of this I have avoided him, since this film tricked me into thinking it was the Tobe Hooper film of the same name. After seeing this film, I think I will give that film a chance, as well as other Euro-Crimes.
It definetly has something for you violent film loving maniacs out there (I'm one, for sure) but for people who want an interesting story and slight in depth character study, check this fucker out.
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