Harold Robbins' Body Parts (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna
commentary in white:
Body Parts (1999) my have more names
than people who have seen it. It is also known as Harrold Robbins'
Body Parts (it is based on a Harold Robbins novel) and IMDB calls it
Vital Parts. As it is a direct to video, I have no idea where IMDB
came up with the name. It stars Richard Grieco, who is convinced by
his Navy buddy to ride along on a major drug purchase in Hong Kong for
some easy money. Richard's wife, Athena Massey, drives the car. During
the drug purchase, you know someone is going to double-cross someone,
mostly from the music, but I was surprised when the buddy, Chris
Aguilar, shoots both of the sellers and Grieco. Grieco survives the
point blank shotgun blast to the stomach, and is framed by Aguilar and
Massey for a double murder. He serves 5 years in a Hong Kong prison,
and then is released.
|I don't want to spoil any of the plot twists, of which there are plenty. There is almost no information available on this film. It is either an OK thriller with good exposure, or a very good softcore that is a little light on nudity and simulated sex. I guess that would make it a C+, as it works in at least 2 genres. Jiminez debuted in this film, and has a credit from 2000 at IMDB as well. She looks great, has no accent, and can act. I think we will see more of her.||
thoughts in yellow:
The Grieco character in this film has to be the world's dumbest guy.
1. Early in the film, his estranged wife met him as soon as he arrived back into the States. Now this wasn't hard to figure out.
Grieco asks the right question, wondering how she knew where he was, and she brushed it off with some silly answer like "don't I always know where you are?", and he just accepted it. Soon, he was trusting her fully again!
2. Later, when he returns to the Philippines, his wife tells him that he can trust a certain woman there. When that woman drops him off somewhere, the bad guy has been tipped off to his arrival. Again, this isn't real hard to figure out.
|Pretty simple, eh? Not
to him. After surviving past that point, he should have simply fled
back to the USA and opened up a Subway franchise in Des Moines under
an assumed name, because he should have known he was being set up
again for something major.
Of course, he's also the world's bravest guy, since he's taking on some massive conspiracy of gangsters and the Chinese government, even though he's in a foreign country with no money, no friends, no car, and no weapon.
You think it's easy to fight crime when you have to take the bus?
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