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A good place to lay low....,
This review is from: Sorcerer [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A group of outcasts from different backgrounds/nationalities are forced by misfortune to work in a remote drilling operation in South America.
When fire breaks out of control, four of the outcasts are given the opportunity to earn enough money to get out by transporting six crates of unstable dynamite through miles of jungle in two ancient trucks.
Will they succeed and regain their honour and citizenship, or die for their efforts?....
Friedkin in my opinion is a genius. Yes, he has had a few blips (The Guardian, The Hunted), but for fifty decades, he has made some really exciting and important movies.
The seventies: The Exorcist and The French Connection.
The Eighties: Cruising and To Live and Dies in LA.
The Nineties: Jade was okay
The Noughties: Bug
This decade gave us Killer Joe.
Sorcerer is a very different kind of film. Like Apocalypse Now, it's one mans journey against the impossible, and the casting of Schieder is very good, and i'm glad Eastwood and Nicholson were busy, as this would have been an entire different movie.
The first two acts are a perfect build up for the honey pot here, the moving of the explosive material to another place, and in one scene, Fitzcarraldo comes to mind, with the bridge and the truck.
It's all tense psychedelic stuff, with deleted footage featured in flashbacks, and a really gritty feel to it.
It's the the anti Convoy, and seeing it was rated PG originally just makes the whole thing more bonkers.
Not a classic, but interesting.