Now you listen here you bunch of ingrates. I was decent enough to plan a bank robbery. You successfully carried it out. And then afterwards, whilst we were dividing the loot up amongst ourselves, you each decided to do something rather stupid, didn't you? You decided to cut me out, completely, thus forcing me to snatch the cash and run away in the process.
However, my respite was short lived. And with some help from that dumb Indian you managed to track me down, beat me up, and got me to give you back our ill gotten gains or else you'd rape my sister. A sister, I might add, whose name I will now revenge by doing to you what you did to her yet far-far worse.
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all goes justifiably loco when I say to myself, 'Look out, Amigos. Because Black Jack (Robert Woods) is on the case!'. As a hoard of bullets begin to fly - many of the ingrates yelp, 'my, oh my' - an Indian turns out to be a bit of a plumb - and at the end of the day, this film's ending is really quite dumb.
Essentially 'Blackjack' is one of those spaghetti westerns where we see a maverick outlaw double-crossed by his partners in crime, only for him to then take it upon himself to track them down and finally get his revenge. Furthermore, this somewhat tried and tested premise it complemented with a fairly ill paced story-line, accompanied by some jazzy orchestral music and an acting style that's rather... errr... a-typical for this sort of piece -- Gregarious, stoic, and bold.
In addition to this I wasn't very keen on how this adventure ended, either. Now without giving too much away, three or four minutes before it concluded, something really strange took place which made me gasp, 'What the f*ck was that all about?'. And one of the main reasons I said such as thing was because this 'occurrence' directly made its finale end on a most hollow note. Almost diluting everything that transpired beforehand!
On a more positive note, though, I could connect with 'Blackjacks' motivations for doing what he actually did. In my opinion during that scene were the 'bad guys' beat him up and threatened to rape his sister, a part of me yearned for him to get out of this situation and kick their f*cking faces in. Honestly, dear reader. This sequence was so harrowing and so moving upon the screen, I'm sure you yourself would also cry out for some sort of justice.
Not that I'm advocating mass-murder, of course. No. I would never do that. It's just that within the scheme of things I felt 'our heroes' incentives were clearly defined. Despite -- as I said previously -- the pretext, the style, and the general ambiance of this production coming across formulaic and slow by default.
Overall I'd say 'Blackjack' was a fairly so-so film. The story-line was good, even though we've seen this sort of thing before. The music was good too, even though we've also heard this sort of thing before. And all in all -- yeah -- not bad, but not good either. A bi-polar movie that I wished was a lot better than it actually was.
THE RATING: B-