Monday, January 8, 2018

The Internecine Project (1974)

Director: Ken Hughes

Writers: Barry Levinson, Jonathan Lynn, Mort W. Elkind

Composer: Roy Budd

Starring: James Coburn, Lee Grant, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Michael Jayston, Chrstiane Kruger, Keenan Wynn, Terence Alexander, Philip Anthony, Julian Glover, Mary Larkin, Ewan Roberts

More info: IMDb

Tagline: "Internecine" - a fancy word for multiple murder

Plot: A retired agent devises a cunning plan to eliminate those who know too much about his past.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

While there isn't really all that much to the gist of the story, what's there is interesting enough to have held my interest.  It's basically got Robert Elliot (Coburn) who is on track to be appointed as an advisor to the President with the help of some very powerful friends.  Prior to this he'd been serving these friends by gathering information on their enemies of sorts.  The problem is, there are four people he's been using as informants that know too much about him to be kept alive so Elliot devises a plan for each of them to unknowingly kill each other over the course of one night.  The biggest chunk of time is devoted to executing the plan for which he's got a timetable that he checks off as each victim's phases are completed.  The acting is good and everything else falls into place making this a reasonably good thriller.   I was into it but ultimately it didn't grab me by the short and curlies like a really good thriller should.  The last couple of minutes was friggin' great.  Coburn's not stretching his craft here but it doesn't matter.  If you're a fan of his then you'll dig this picture a little more.  Despite the lack of quality tension, it's still a good flick that deserves a look.

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