Blood in the Streets (1973)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Poliziotteschi  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Donald Guarisco

Revolver is a stylish but ultimately unsatisfying thriller that is more interesting for its ambitions than its success in realizing these ambitions. The script lends some interesting shadings to its action via some surprising twists near the end that add a bit of political commentary into the mix . Unfortunately, these message-oriented moments are delivered in an obvious, heavy-handed style that lessens their dramatic punch and are incorporated into the story in a way that stops its momentum cold. Sergio Sollima's direction is quite stylish and occasionally generates powerful moments of raw emotion (the final scene between Oliver Reed and Fabio Testi is a stunner) but his slack pacing allows these flashes of power to slip between the cracks. Performances are solid throughout but suffer due to the thin characterizations: Reed has to rely on his ability to physically convey emotion and Testi has to put forth a lot of charm to keep their standard-issue cop and crook characters interesting. In the end, Revolver has just enough action to keep fans of Italian crime films interested but isn't likely to appeal to most other viewers.