City of Fear
Fear (1999) was one of those blockbuster rental exclusives, but has
been released on DVD. It is better than most of the Blockbuster
exclusives. Shot in Sofia, Bulgaria, it is the story of an American
journalist (Gary Daniels) with an Australian accent who goes to Sofia,
Bulgaria purportedly to cover a medical breakthrough made by his best
friend. We also learn in the opening that he is an accomplished
martial artist lacking only a sense of purpose and harmony with the
universe to be great.
|Upon arrival, he finds he
is just in time for his friend's funeral. He decides to investigate,
and teams with the lovely Carol Campbell to unravel what is going on.
The players include Bulgarian national police, Interpol, the Russian
Mafia, and more. Daniels has a few good fighting sequences.
|There are two nude scenes, the
first with carol Campbell in her dressing room showing the
side of a breast, and her buns in sheer stockings. The second
is a lovemaking scene, where she shows her breasts
||Sofia is an attractive city, and they
shot enough of the film outdoors to take advantage of that. While the
story was a little fuzzy here and there, it kept my interest for the
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.2, but with only five votes.
- With their
dollars ... no theatrical release
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C.
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