Euan Lloyd’s uppercase actioner, centered on a caper by mercenaries in Africa, attempts to be a cornucopia of tried boxoffice hooks but ultimately fails to meld its comedy, adventure, pathos, violence, heroics – or even its political message – into a credible whole.
Reginald Rose’s adaptation of Daniel Carney’s story – about mercenary toughguys who parachute into the African bush to snatch a deposed African president for reinstatement to suit British business interests – is routinely predictable and, in the end, cornily incredible.
Roger Moore’s shootouts with the Mafia in London and Hardy Kruger’s neat killing of three sentries with cyanide-tipped arrows is good ‘traditional’ escapism. Then, as if to contemporize the film, Peckinpah-fashion, the screen’s suddenly filled with bloody graphics and four-letter words.
Winston Ntshona is well cast as the deposed president Limbani though much of his ‘message’ dialog is unnecessarily and unpalatably heavy for what’s presumably designed as a riproaring blood and guts actioner.