Picks and Pans Review: The Final Option

updated 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/10/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Amid the spate of so-called "political" movies opening this fall—e.g., Under Fire, Silkwood—this English-made adventure is supposed to be the most conservative. But it would insult the intelligence of moviegoers of any ideology this side of Attila the Hun. It also does dishonor to all involved, especially Australian actress Judy Davis, who was so wonderful in My Brilliant Career, Heat Wave and TV's Golda. She plays the flamboyant head of a radical antinuclear group in London, plotting to disrupt a high-level meeting between the American Secretary of State (Richard Widmark) and some other VIPs. In order to interfere with the plan, a crack British counterinsurgency group decides to infiltrate Davis' group. The very handsome, square-jawed English TV actor Lewis Collins simply walks up to Davis and announces that he wants to sleep with her. She agrees—proving, the point seems to be, that wild-eyed radicals are really just sex fiends dressed up in protest clothes. Of course, the whole movie is aimed at a slam-bang shootout ending. There is so much footage of the counterinsurgency team in action it would make for a pretty good training film, which is what this movie mostly resembles. The direction by BBC director Ian Sharp, given the abominable material, is adequate. But the script is a cartoon. There is a final option for those thinking about going to see this movie: Don't. (R)

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