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John Irvin United Kingdom, 1980

Robert Karol's rating of the film The Dogs of War

Uneven & xenophobic in tone, this film seems to mistake under-developed for stripped-down & cynicism for wisdom. The final invasion set-piece, while impressive, is the second half of COMMANDO with pretensions of art. Christopher Walken's lead performance gives us hints of a much better film. Jack Cardiff is DP & provides some striking visuals, but this is a lesser film than his own DARK OF THE SUN.