Emergency Squad aka Squadra Volante (the latter actually translating as `Flying Squad') is an okayish no-budget poliziotteschi that there's absolutely no reason to watch but which fills the time slightly better than expected if you do. The usual cop out to find his wife's killer plot suffers from having a lead who is barely present (the usually reliable Tomas Milian is a surprisingly dull turn in an almost non-existent role), but there are a few minor flourishes (such as Milian imagining crooks standing in front of the targets in a pistol range) and it fulfils every exploitation film's remit: always include an explosion for the trailer and book a helicopter for one day's shooting.
The best moment comes not in the film itself but on the DVD extras in a brief but rambling interview with the film's dying director, Stelvio Massi, when he tries to remember the name of some American director who wrote him a fan letter until his wife suddenly remembers: "Tarantino?" "Yes, I think that's it."
NoShame's Region 1 NTSC DVD also includes a typically egocentric interview with Milian (not as good as his interview on the Companeros DVD, sadly), Italian trailer and English dubbed and subtitled Italian language options, with a good widescreen transfer that's surprisingly good quality.
on 26 November 2012
Four men steal a suitcase full of money and kill a cop in the process. The crime however is similar to the one where Inspector Tomas Ravelli's wife was murdered as they where both killed with the same machine gun, so he sets out to bring them in dead or alive.
Stelvio Massi directs this violent by the numbers crime flick on what appears to be a very small budget but at least he had a decent cast.
Tomas Milian is surprisingly hardly in the film, his character as you would have expected to be the main focus of the film but he's not, it is mainly set around the criminals played by Gastone Moschin, Ray Lovelock etc. All the acting by the cast is decent but they have all been far better so many times before.
There is a decent amount of action which is surprisingly bloody and we also have a poorly staged helicopter chase sequence with Milian hunting down Gastone and his gang as they try to get away in a car dressed as priests.
The best best part however has got to be the very end where Milian corners Gastone as he is trying to board his boat and even though Gastone gives himself up and throws his down gun Milian stills guns him down in cold blood.
Overall a average Poliziotteschi film but its worth watching for a few scenes.