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Too little Widmark to save murky thriller!
- Jack Jacoby
This muddled attempt at a Cold war thriller stars smart and alluring Judy Davis, just before her terrific turn in Passage to India. Unfortunately, David Lean did not direct this one! The movie fails as a thriller and is poorly written and directed. Richard Widmark, as the U.S. Secretary of State, has too little screen time to elevate the movie, but it's always fun watching veteran pro Widmark, even if it is for fifteeen minutes.
Best Counterterrorist movie ever made
When this movie came out we were at a pivitol point in the cold War. Reagan had only been president for a little over a year. Marxist Terrorists, worldwide, were very active and evidenced before the ending credits in the movie where it lists the numbers of embassies attack and personnel injured or killed. The movie does an excellent job giving the feel for the British Special Air Service. The lead actor had been a canidate for Bond, Lewis Collins. Collins ( The Professionals ) was a British Reservist and had gone through the entire SAS training course only to be told even though he passed, because he was an actor, his face was too well known and the SAS value anonymity. The action is first rate, the embassy terrorist take down and at the apartment are fantaistic. I was told by a former Special Forces member that they practiced being flown in through windows supsended below a helicopter. The realism was great at the training facility. The county side in Wales was lovely eventhough it looked quite cold when it was filmed. The music was increidble. At this point I would love to purchase both a Closed Caption DVD and I would love to have the soundtrack. Unfortunately, neither are avalable in the US. Maurice Binder who was famous for the opening titles for the majority of the James Bond movies and quite a few Euan Loydd Productions like the Wild Geese and The Sea Wolves.
While not a Blockbuster at the Box office, the Final option is one of those few examples of an Action Flick that contains a good dose of truth. One need not be a patriotic Briton to get the fact that there are some ideologically driven and very nasty terrorist "hiding in plain sight". By the way, have you noticed that the U.K.'s violent criminals/terrorists don't seem affected by "gun control" laws anymore than drug dealers are deterred by our "drug control" laws. The writers make the case that, try as we might, diplomacy in the face of organized evil does not always work. The films logic and drama convincingly shows that since they cannot always be talked out of their violent path,we must reserve the "final option" of military/police use of deadly force. The leading man set a high standard as a much more believable "working soldier" James Bond. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!!