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½ April 25, 2017
Hammer Studios makes a kung fu spy film, and the results are dubious, at best.
September 3, 2016
A run of the mill spy flick. Whitman is the balls as Shatter but he has very little to play with. Cushing offers up a real touch of class in his brief role but overall it is really average.
October 27, 2012
A hitman goes unpaid for a hit on an East African leader and is told he is no longer wanted. In certain types of work, it always is better to get some funds paid up front for services. This spy film never quite hits the mark but is watchable.
January 18, 2012
A hitman goes unpaid for a hit on an East African leader and is told he is no longer wanted. In certain types of work, it always is better to get some funds paid up front for services. This spy film never quite hits the mark but is watchable.
September 30, 2011
A professional is double-crossed while collecting on a hit taken out on an African leader. Early promise dissipates rather quickly. If the distinguished Stuart Whitman were British, he would have been a lock for James Bond. Take a seat Mr Connery.
½ May 1, 2010
If only all barkeeps/massage parlor owners/all around good guys were also martial arts school masters like Tai Pah, the world would be a better place. Hitman Stuart Whitman, looking like life just kicked his butt, plays the title character who teams up with martial arts stars Lung Ti and Lily Li in this Hammer produced action film. Beautiful location shooting on the streets of Hong Kong and a weird, slightly funky 70s soundtrack make for fun watching. And Hammer staple Peter Cushing's small role is a treat. Worth checking out if you're in the mood for some spin kicks and gun shots. Nothing amazing, but pretty good.
Super Reviewer
October 14, 2009
This is a Hammer Production, and I am told Hammer teamed up with the Shaw brothers which combined to make a pretty good film considering the Film is from 1974 when International Spy's were all over the screen thanks to Dr. No and Gold finger the James Bond Films, This is not about a secret agent, but has the cool things a secret agent would have. Stuart Wittman is a modern day (1974 Modern Day) killer and has been hired to wipe out a African president. He enters his hotel room with a Camera that shoots bullets, kills the president and one of his aids. Then flees to Hong Kong to collect his money, but man who hired him refuses to pay, so begins the killing, and kung fu scenes that help a low in action and drama. Peter Cushing makes a surprise appearance as the Police Commissioner of Hong Kong, this was Cushing?s last movie for Hammer. Its worth 3 stars, a good rental or pawn shop buy.
½ June 2, 2009
A complete mess, this does feature some interesting location shots that may be a remainder from Monte Hellman's involvement. Carreras, out of his element, tries to inject Whitman's assassin with some pathos. Opening with him inexplicably wearing a welding hood and firing a ridiculous camera-gun for a job in a fictitious African nation does little to aid the cause. Cushing is not used well, despite a typical game attempt. The same goes for Ti Lung, coming off of Duel of the Iron Fist, who is incredibly agile even by his standards. There's a clear attempt made to typecast him in the Bruce Lee mold, which he keenly dodges. This is achieved by coupling an understated performance with loosely choreographed fights that come off as closer to the brutality of Sonny Chiba than Bruce.
½ November 26, 2005
Starring: Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti, Lily Li, Anton Diffring, and Peter Cushing
Directors: Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman

Shatter (Whitman) is one of the world's top assassins. After killing an African dictator, he travels to Hong Kong to collect his fee, but instead finds himself a hunted man. Shatter hates being screwed out of his hard-earned cash, so he sets about getting revenge against the crimelord who crossed him (Diffring). Along the way, he gains a young martial artist as an ally (Ti), hooks up with a sexy Chinese mama (Li), and annoys a British Intelligence officer (Cushing). Everything basically unfolds at random, puntuated with gun-battles, explosions, and car chases.

From beginning to end, this movie makes no sense. I fancy myself pretty smart, but, despite the fact that the movie is populated with characters who are clearly just taking actions dictated by the plot, I can't figure out what the plot [i]is[/i]. Why does Shatter go to Hong Kong, other than the fact that the company that co-produced this travesty with a failing Hammer Films, is based there? Since those who contracted his services were planning on killing him, why wait until he was in their backyard? Why didn't Shatter arrange to be paid in a way of his choosing--it can't be surprising that criminals would want to weasel out of paying him, now could it? What is Peter Cushing's character doing in the film anyway?

"Shatter" attempts to be a poor man's James Bond, but it comes across as the DT-riddled bum's James Bond. Even Peter Cushing's being featured doesn't make this one worth the time you'd spend opening the DVD case, let alone watching it.
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