Breakheart Pass (1975)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 


PROS –
1) A train is transporting a secret shipment of weapons stolen from U.S. arms manufacturers for sale to the Indians, in return of smuggling gold. The entire operation is concealed as a medical supply cargo for a diphtheria epidemic at the frontier outpost. What they don’t know is among the passenger is an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent.
2) The scenic snowy location with most of the action on the train makes it a unique western adventure. The fight scene on top of the train, while it’s on the high wooden bridge, is breathtaking.
3) For the first one hour, the mysterious death/disappearance of passengers one by one makes is a whodunit mystery.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 

QUOTE –
Driver: I don’t know who you are, but the law says…
Deakin: The law’s who I am.

Breakout (1975)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.

The Mechanic (1972)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) Opening 15 minutes without any dialogue.
2) A great story of 2 assassins where the bored older assassin is curious to lose the game.
3) Charles Bronson as Arthur Bishop – A Bruce Wayne like rich & sophisticated character who decided to be a hitman by choice.
4) Bike chase scene.
5) Superb unexpected climax!

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Arthur Bishop: You always have to be dead sure. Dead sure or dead.

Death Wish II (1982)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) The Shadow Of Vigilante
2) The park shoot-out sequence
3) Return Of Det. Ochoa

 

Cons –
1) A half-hearted effort of director Michael Winner
2) Disappointing sequel
3) Paul Kersey’s romantic angle

 
Quote –
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: Let me get this straight… you and your wife were attacked by four muggers and then all of a sudden this guy comes out from nowhere and begins shooting, killing these two here… and you don’t know what he looks like?
Tourist: He saved our lives dammit! Where were you, giving out parking tickets?
Inspector Lt. Mankiewicz: I want a description of that guy looked like!
Tourist: He was a very good citizen!