Review: ‘Bad Guys’

Screenplay, Laszlo Bernat Czeto, Erika Ozsda, Sas. Camera (color), Gergely Poharnok; editor, Klara Major; music, Pierrot. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week, Budapest, Feb. 5, 2000. Original title: Rosszfiuk. Running time: 104 MIN.

Screenplay, Laszlo Bernat Czeto, Erika Ozsda, Sas. Camera (color), Gergely Poharnok; editor, Klara Major; music, Pierrot. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week, Budapest, Feb. 5, 2000. Original title: Rosszfiuk. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: Viktor Bodo, Zoltan Rajkai, Andras Stohl, Anna Palmai, Andrea Fullajtar , Laszlo Banszky, Gabor Mate.

Potentially interesting story of the attempt to bring law and order to a an out-of-control facility for delinquent boys, “Bad Guys” is a mess dramatically. A disappointment from director Tamas Sas after his promising debut, the stylish “Espresso,” this suffers from a marked lack of focus, with helmer unsure whether to aim the film at younger auds or their parents.

Opening scenes are bright, with flashy, briskly edited stop-go visuals (accompanied by Magyar hip-hop) that intro the principal characters. Nominal hero Tamas (up-and-comer Viktor Bodo), son of a government minister, is arrested when he tries to sell drugs to undercover cops. In the boys home, he finds the authorities are barely able to discipline the rowdy, violent youngsters, who regularly terrorize the citizens of the nearby small town. Arpad (Zoltan Rajkai) , an ex-military man, is brought in to re-establish order, but he proves to have a sinister agenda. The machinations of the crypto-fascist Arpad provide the film with its most intriguing themes, but the character isarbitrarily introduced and his political aims remain murky much too long. Pic reps an opportunity missed.

Bad Guys

(HUNGARY-GERMANY)

Production

A Magic Media/Medien & Television Munchen production, in association with HBO , MTV. Produced by Peter Barbalics. Directed by Tamas Sas.
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