Year of the Gun Reviews
(1991) Year Of The Gun
Made in the same tradition as "Mississippi Burning" which it takes a real life event involving unexisting characters, in this case involves an inspiring journalist (Andrew MacCarthy) whose set out to become a fictional novelist who about to get involved with an assassination attempt with a coup called "The Red Brigade" coincidently start to write about there the coups actions. By using the fast forward button on some boring parts, this film isn't that bad.
2.5 out of 4
The film is meant to be set in 1978 around the time when the Red Brigades kidnapped Aldo Moro and waged war against the state ,the problem is the film is packed full of cars from the late 80s and early 90s so you easily forget the period its meant to be set in.
The three lead actors all come off a touch bland and only John Pankow gives a powerful performance as a friend with dubious connections.
Frankenhiemer does manage some good touches but by the time the action gathers pace you dont really care whats going on.
I tried to enjoy it but when a political thriller lacks thrills and mudlles its politics you come away feeling more confused than when you started.
"Now everybody, have you heard
If you're in the game, then the stroke's the word
Don't take no rhythm, don't take no style
Got a thirst for killin' - grab your vial... "
First person to name that song will get an invisible bowl of rice. Nothing will stifle hunger like Uncle Ben's invisible rice, homestyle.