Solid thriller from William Lustig, with almost a mainstream gloss to it, unlike his earlier exploitation thrillers. Robert Loggia and Leo Rossi are tracking serial killer Judd Nelson - standard format is elevated by the earnest cast and the eerie atmospherics. The killer's psychology is too straightforward to make this a classic, but the story keeps up the pace and the surprises.
On this sad day when we learnt of his death, I tried a Bowie movie I'd not seen before. He's briefly in it, onstage, but his image and music appear throughout, just as it does in real life. In clubs and in music collections. It's only a small part of the movie, but his involvement put the spotlight on this tough, realistic look at young heroin addicts in Berlin. Excellent performances, uncomfortably real location work and an education in the downward spiral...
One of the first films to depict the war in Vietnam realistically. Certainly makes many of the later, better known Nam films look like rip offs, but has such a scattershot story and we barely get to know any of the Boys in any depth. Some of the action scenes are ambitious but unconvincing. Packs several hard dramatic punches but rarely follows through with any of the issues raised.
Very interesting, particular in relation to DEER HUNTER, APOCALYPSE NOW and…