Lassiter (1984)


“Cooperate and you’re a free man, Lassiter. Cross me and you’ll do twenty hard years.” – Inspector John Becker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – During WWII, a thief is forced to steal documents from the German Embassy or he will be imprisoned for crimes he committed.

My Take on it – As a fan of Tom Selleck, I’m quite surprised that I never had the chance to see this film before now.

This is unfortunately a very mediocre film that is a complete mess because f the way that things are presented.

Selleck is underused here and it’s so difficult to take his character seriously as things move along.

The story moves along at a snail’s pace and the added fact that they chose to make this film a hybrid also hurts things too much.

They attempt to make this film a war movie, a crime caper, a spy story and add on all that a romantic love story and obviously, things are gonna get a bit too convoluted for their own good.

All of these themes together make it a mystery as to what the films true anchor for the character seems to be.

The film fails to find a way to remain intriguing especially given the fact that its so simple to lose interest along the way because the story gets much too convoluted and complicated as things progress.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre film that fails to utilize Selleck as well as can be. The story moves along in a slow fashion and the choice to make this a hybrid of a war movie, a spy movie, a crime caper and a love story hurts things more than helps because the story lacks a real anchor for the character’s true motivations.  The story doesn’t find a way to stay intriguing and it’s quite easy to lose interest as things move along in a very convoluted way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was made to capitalize in the popularity of Tom Selleck’s Magnum character from the TV series Magnum, P.I. (1980). Movie poster tag-lines boasted, “The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance”.(From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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