HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Furnace, The
Tyrel
Iceman
Blue Sky
Tokyo Dragon Chef
Pittsburgh
12 Hour Shift
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
   
 
  Code of Silence Oh Matey - A Robot!
Year: 1985
Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Chuck Norris, Henry Silva, Bert Remsen, Mike Genovese, Nathan Davis, Ralph Foody, Allen Hamiton, Ron Henriquez, Joe Guzaldo, Molly Hagan, Ron Dean, Wilbert Bradley, Dennis Farina, Gene Barge, Mario Nieves, Miguel Nino, Ronnie Baron, John Mahoney
Genre: Action, ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Eddie Cusack (Chuck Norris) is a Chicago cop who plays by the rules, even if his colleagues do not as often as they should. Today he is leading a sting on a gang of drugs dealers who are meeting their contact at a rundown house in an equally rundown part of town, and Eddie is posing as a garbage man as his cover. Then there are complications when one of the officers notices a team of painters going into the place next door - he quickly realises there isn't anyone living there, but it is too late as they open fire on the dealers, massacring them.

It may come as little surprise to learn Code of Silence was originally intended as a Dirty Harry movie for Clint Eastwood, and you can see his persona fitting into proceedings here very snugly, but it was Chuck Norris in his mid-eighties pomp who eventually took the role, with the results that many found this preferable to his usual one man army shenanigans. If there was an issue it was with the Chuck persona, which did not lend itself to chuckles as this was well before the internet meme which saw him with a fist under his beard and other such tough guy exaggerations, so here he was as humourless as he usually was.

If anything, he was even more humourless here as if the business in hand demanded the utmost seriousness, leaving any giggles offered to Dennis Farina as Eddie's partner to take care of a running joke which was rather lame in comparison with the amusement the modern audience took from certain other elements. Certainly Chuck dialled down his customary beat 'em up moves, with about one single, solitary fighting setpiece where he attempted to take down a bar full of gang members; he nearly succeeded, but it's a mark of the star trying to broaden his appeal that he does end up crumpled on the floor eventually.

Therefore here you were more likely to see Chuck brandishing a gun than using his fists, much as Eastwood would have done in the Dirty Harry fashion. By and by Eddie has two main plotlines to contend with: first that trouble between the drug dealers, one faction of whom is led by Henry Silva who it was always good to see in the baddie role, although here he is not utilised to his full potential (i.e. craziness). The other ties in with this in that while in pursuit of the killers one cop gunned down an innocent bystander who he now frames for his attempted murder, and his partner suffers mightily with his conscience about whether to testify in his favour or not.

There was a sense of Code of Silence being more of a throwback to the seventies in its cultural touchstones, as this could quite easily have been made back in the previous decade. Apart from one aspect, and that was the robot. As it was the eighties, there had to be something indicative of that present, and it hoves into view when a pre-fame John Mahoney opts to demonstrate the force's latest recruit, which is reminscent of Robocop if he had been a wobbly tank. It even speaks! Eddie, being a traditionalist, is as unimpressed as he would have been if the robots from Short Circuit or Rocky IV had shown up instead, but he does find a use for it come the finale. There he had to save kidnap victim Molly Hagan from Silva's clutches, so unironically the robot starts firing machine guns at the bad guys to create a diversion as Chuck forges ahead, leaving what has been a sober crime thriller in absurd, overblown territory. But before that, Code of Silence keeps your attention, even if it is finally a trifle dull. Music by David Frank.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2195 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: