Better than the cover art
Sir Jub-Jub | Sir Jub-Jub's Lair, Alaska | 05/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Syndicate Sadists" turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. Having purchased it because of directer Umberto Lenzi, who is better known for his gross out cannibal flicks, I was thinking it would be a rather bland mob/cop actioner. What I got was an amusing revision of "A Fistfull of Dollars" blended with the feel of early seventies cop shows like "Swat" and "Starsky and Hutch". The film follows the exploits of motorcycle riding renegade Rambo and his attempts to play off two mob families against one another in order to rescue a kidnapped child. From the very opening, showing this bad ass riding into town while a seventies synthesizer soundtrack blazes away, I was hooked. The movie moves along at a brisk pace and the main character is likeable and the dialouge in some scenes is hilarious. Yes, this is a throwaway film but on an otherwise boring day, you will hopefully find yourself as entertained as I was. The print itself shows some wear but is generally of good quality. There is an excellent interview with director Lenzi who also speaks about the connections to "A Fistfull of Dollars" and "First Blood". He also provides commentary throughout the film. Check out this film if you get a chance."