White Ghost (1988)

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White Ghost  (1988)

directed: BJ Davis

cast:William KattRosalind ChaoMartin Hewitt 

Αριστούργημα!

Η περίτεχνη,υπαινικτική ερμηνευτική ενσάρκωση του στρατιώτη φάντασμα από τον William Katt βάζει τα γυαλιά στον Marlon Brando και την επιφανειακή του ερμηνεία ως Kurtz στο “Apocalypse Now!”.Ρε,σοβαρευτείτε…πλάκα κάνω…είναι ποτέ δυνατόν?

Σε έναν κόσμο όπου υπάρχουν mainstream  ταινίες σαν το: Full Metal Jacket ,Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now! ,Platoon ,αλλά και underground genre films σαν το “Last Hunter” του Μargheritti δυστυχώς φίλμ σαν το “White Ghost” δεν έχουν καμία τύχη.Καταδικασμένο στη λήθη, αφενός επειδή δεν κομίζει τίποτα το εξαιρετικό και αφετέρου επειδή δεν είναι αρκετά cult ή trash σαν τα φιλιππινέζικα κινηματογραφικα ή βίντεο υποπροιόντα,το “White Ghost” αξίζει να θεαθεί μόνο από τους άρρωστους οπαδούς του 80s action.

Επιπροσθέτως: O William Katt είναι μεγάλο αγγούρι …

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Fairly dull and by-the-numbers war/actioner flick signed by BJ Davis,who directed the way more entertaining “Laser mission”

William Katt plays Steve Shephard, a Vietnam Green Beret who has continued to fight on alone for 15 years after the withdrawal of American forces. He’s a renegade, seeking to avenge his fallen comrades and wearing spooky, white Kabuki-style makeup (hence the title) as he wages his one man war in a Vietnamese-Cambodian border area. As the film opens, the Pentagon receives a coded signal from Shephard that he’s ready to come home. Ex-Green Beret Captain Walker (Wayne Crawford is dispatched with a team of vigilantes to find and return Shephard. The complication is that Walker and Shephard had clashed bitterly years earlier while in the same unit. 

This one goes along the lines of the Marchini epic “Forgotten Warrior” but without the trashy appeal.There are some decent combat scenes and a love affair subplot,but the whole result is too generic to interest anyone else than the diehard Vietnam flick fan.

The pace tends to drag occasionally and the fact that Katt is a weak lead doesn’t do things any better.As a result the film lacks the punch that other war films have.It also isn’t trashy enough to win the fans of over-the-top war flicks.

Verdict:”White ghost” is a rather forgettable affair and exclusively addressed to 80s action fans.

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