Another highly enjoyable Italian
crime film by Enzo G. Castellari, The Big Racket is a fantastic display of
machismo in it's lead character, Nico, who faces off against the meanest,
baddest guys on the planet. I just love how aggressive these films are in every possible way. They really are mean spirited stories that show the world as a ruthless place where the bad guys do go out of their way to do things as wrong and messed up as possible. This is pretty much a non stop action-fest where the action sequences are all well designed and choreographed. All this is filmed with a ton of style which includes an overabundance of slow-motion used in the best possible way, surveillance style zooms, and some frantic camera movements and editing. My favorite part of this film without a doubt revolves around the father figure whose daughter is raped by the evil racket. First of all, the rape sequence is quite effective and emotionally resonant and what ensues involving her father's transformation into a lunatic is so much fun to watch. As funny as it sounds, Enzo G. Castellari's The Big Racket is an action film which Hollywood should aspire to be, having no concerns about making the viewer uneasy while going all out for what it wants to achieve.
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