*** out of 5
Having never seen this before, I was unsure what to expect. What a shocker! It's a film in which vigilantism is actually praised as a means of stopping crime, and the ending does nothing if not reinforce that interpretation! Like in noir film, where you often find yourself rooting for a criminal, because the guys chasing him are worse, here you find the movie putting you in the position of pulling for a guy who goes out and guns down thugs and crooks as a form of vengeance for the rape and murder of his wife and daughter, or else just because that was the last straw for his sense of justice. I for one generally don't care for that kind of moral ambiguity in a film,, but had to at least enjoy the filmmakers' craft behind the movie regardless. Another plus of the film is the Herbie Hancock music that scores the film with a jazzy, up-tempo 70's sense of cool.