Friday, January 26, 2018

Kenner (1968) movie poster

Director: Steve Sekely

Writers: Mary P. Murray, Robert L. Richards, Harold Clemins

Composers: Prem Dhawan, Piero Piccioni

Starring: Jim Brown, Madlyn Rhue, Robert Coote, Ricky Cordell, Charles Horvath, Prem Nath, Kuljit Singh, Sulochana Latkar, Ursula Prince

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The daring manhunt that turns exotic Bombay into a hellhole of terror!

Plot: An American travels to India to avenge the murder of his business partner. But on the path to vengeance he discovers both love and responsibility.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

WARNING:  This has nothing to do with vintage Star Wars toys.

See!  Crickets fight to the death!  Seriously, in the last act Kenner (Brown) attends an underground cricket fight where two crickets go into the Thunderdome and only one comes out.  I was falsely under the impression this was an action flick / borderline Blaxploition but that's my fault for not knowing anything about this except the brief plot synopsis.  The action is doled out sparingly which is more foot chases and an occasional fistfight.  There aren't many of either.  The rest of it has Kenner bonding with a young Indian boy and his hot mama.  The action/mystery part of the story isn't exciting and it doesn't take much sleuthing to get Kenner to take out his target (the cricket fight plays a part of it).  The romance part is by the numbers and slow as you'd expect.  The kid (Cordell) helps sell the flick.  He's very good.  This is the first starring role for Brown and he does a decent job of carrying the film.  As someone who had recently gotten into acting, I'd say he does just fine.  I'll cut him some slack especially considering the dialogue he's given in this was clunky every once in a while.  He and the kid have a good rapport but as a piece of entertainment it's a little better than average.  I just wish I had at least watched the trailer first. 

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