The Evil That Men Do

1984

The Evil That Men Do

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Charles Bronson plays another vengeful vigilante in this action adventure. This time he plays a retired assassin who once again straps on his guns to find the killer of his closest friend. His search takes him to the dense jungles of Guatemala and into the lair of a sadistic British doctor.

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  • Nov 16, 2013
    The Evil That Men Do is a blistering thriller that stars Charles Bronson in yet another revenge themed storyline. The film doesn't reinvent the wheel, but for what it is, it's a very entertaining Bronson vehicle that still manages to deliver everything you'd expect from his work. Boasting riveting tension and action, The Evil That Men Do is one of the finer films that stars Charles Bronson. This is a well crafted movie that is quite underrated in my opinion. Bronson films were never fine cinematic achievements, but they were always thrilling, This one does stand out because, it differs slightly from many other works that Bronson has done, and it is a better film than his films that would appear in the late 80's, which would be more formulaic, and ridiculous. I've seen plenty of Bronson films, and The Evil That Men Do is one his finer works and features plenty of memorable moments for Bronson fans. I found the plot to be well structured, detailed and it kept you involved from start to finish. Bronson is a great actor and he always brought a unique and unforgettable presence to his films. The film is not without its flaws, but it most certainly is appealing to action fans and Bronson fans. If you're looking for a fun, entertaining, and always riveting movie, check this film out. This is an underrated film, and though it is not a classic, it still is a movie that you shouldn't pass up. With an interesting story, effective performances and top-notch action, The Evil That Men Do is highly entertaining from start to finish. Go into this one expecting a mindless and exhilarating slice of pure 80's action, and you're sure to enjoy it.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2009
    <b>When the system of justice doesn't work...Bronson does!</b> <p> <i>The Evil That Men Do</i> is just a Charles Bronson actioner made strictly for the star's unfinicky fan-base. As to be expected from such a label, this film is a violent action-fest with minimal supporting story. And the fact that this particular Bronson vehicle nominally concerns itself with the violation of human rights merely makes the violence juicier. Bronson featured in some of the seminal action movies of the 1960s (<i>The Dirty Dozen</i> and <i>The Great Escape</i>, to name a few), but by the late '70s and early '80s his résumé became blotted with sloppy actioners that basically reworked his <i>Death Wish</i> persona over and over again. Cheap and slapdash, <i>The Evil That Men Do</i> can only muster meagre thrills, with Bronson on autopilot and J. Lee Thompson's direction strictly by the numbers. It's enjoyably violent, but there's precious little else of interest and it's nothing you haven't seen before. <p> Bronson plays hardboiled former hitman Holland who's enjoying retirement in the Cayman Islands. However, he ends his self-imposed retirement when he learns that an old friend of his has died at the hand of notorious sadist Clement Molloch (Maher). Molloch is known as The Docter, and he's renowned for utilising his skills to torture rather than heal. Accompanied by the family of his deceased friend and a barrage of Bronson-esque weapons, Holland sets out to execute his one final mark. <p> While <i>The Evil That Men Do</i> has a terrific concept and tackles some fascinating issues, the film is just an excuse for Bronson to violently wipe out foreign-based scum - it's an exploitative actioner which hangs its coat on genuine issues. There are a number of ways the filmmakers could've made this story more interesting. For instance, the film could've highlighted the similarities between Holland and Molloch (Holland is, after all, a contract killer who executes targets for money, much like Molloch who's paid by governments to conceive torture techniques). Holland's revenge machinations could've also been as elaborate as possible. Alas, the film never exploits this potential as it's instead determined to be stripped-down and narratively simplistic. <p> Obnoxiously poor writing is another critical fault of <i>The Evil That Men Do</i>. Holland initially refuses the assignment to kill Molloch, but inexplicably changes his mind and works for no charge. The character of Rhiana (Saldana) calls on Holland to take action and kill Molloch, but chastises him as a cold-blooded killer when he begins to eliminate his targets. Meanwhile the script's utter stupidity is downright insulting. For example Rhiana's daughter is brought into such a dangerous situation for no real purpose other than to be taken hostage. And (apart from cheap theatrics), there was absolutely no reason for Holland to hang Molloch's chauffeur off a window ledge (why not handle it more discretely and avoid attention?). There's also the matter of the dialogue. Lines such as "<i>He was wearing a bulletproof vest</i>" are idiotic and contrived. More intelligent filmmakers would've found a way to show this rather than resorting to inane remarks like this. <p> Considering it's fervently a no-holds-barred action film, <i>The Evil That Men Do</i> is pretty deficient in the action department. It's as if the filmmakers attempted to transcend the routine action movie clichés by focusing more on story and character development. But the problem is that neither of these elements truly work. The story suffers from inconsistencies (as previously outlined), and even the simplest opportunities to inject life into these characters are bypassed. The characters instead remain cardboard creations we never get to know or understand. Holland never talks about his inner feelings, nor does he explain what motivated him to become a killer for hire. Rhiana is openly disgusted by Holland time and time again, but later begins feeling affection towards him mysteriously. <p> J. Lee Thompson collaborated with Bronson for numerous films (most notably <i>Death Wish 4</i>), and his direction here is standard in every sense of the word. The awful music and tawdry production values further undermine his efforts (a very obvious dummy is used in one sequence, for example). Bronson manages to look cool while on the prowl, but his line delivery is flat and he's just playing another thinly-veiled version of himself. Furthermore, there's nothing intense or intimidating about Holland. Joseph Maher as Molloch is forgettable and not sinister enough, while Theresa Saldana is pretty terrible in the thankless role of Rhiana. <p> Like many Bronson vehicles of the 1980s, <i>The Evil That Men Do</i> is just a turkey shoot with car chases and shootouts executed in a perfunctory manner. At least we're left with a handful of fun, campy moments, including a sequence during which Bronson lures one villain into a trap by suggesting a threesome, and a scene where Bronson hides under a bed while Molloch's sister has sex with her lesbian lover. If you're a Bronson fan who craves more movies of the <i>Death Wish</i> ilk, you'll probably be entertained by this film. If you dislike Bronson, this flick won't change your mind.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2008
    typical Bronson vehicle...violent, cliches abound aplenty..but for the Bronson fan,,this movie entertains and the viewer, knowing what to expect going in, won't be disappointed..
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2007
    Bronson is hired to take out the trash, this time being a doctor who specializes in torture and interogation. Bronson in this film specializes in squeezing people's nutsack until they die. Guess who wins.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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