Reviewed byAldanoliVote: 8/10/10
An odd little curio of an Australian action movie, made in 1982,enjoyable in itself as a popcorn movie for its WWII commando story. Butit would largely be forgettable were it not that two of itslower-ranking actors--Australian Mel Gibson and New Zealander SamNeill--were soon to became big international stars. Gibson, it's true,had made *Gallipoli* and a few other Australian movies, and Neill hadstarred in a delightful little picture called *My Brilliant Career*(with Judy Davis, no less), but both were largely unknown at this time.The headliner in *Attack Force Z* was good ol' American pulp-actionhero John Philip Law, whose credits went all the way back to the early'60s and included the likes of *The Russians are Coming! The Russiansare Coming!* Yet Law, for all his good looks and occasional noteworthyappearances, never reached anything like the fame that awaited his twoco-stars in this minor action picture. It's worth seeing if only to bereminded that *everybody* has to understudy somebody else early in hisor her career.
Reviewed bygreenheartVote: 7/10/10
I presume that this movie was meant to be a tribute for theAustralasian special forces operating in WW2. Now, I've no doubt thatthey were totally professional and highly trained individuals, I justdon't think this movie did them too many favours. They made so manytactical errors and decisions based on emotion that I'm quite sure inreal life, thy wouldn't have made. Individuals leaving their unit asthey'd fallen for a girl! Sorry, but it just wouldn't have happenedwith so much at stake. On the positive side, this had a great cast andterrific authentic locations. The action sequences were well done andthe torture scenes particularly harrowing. But at the end of the movie,I just sat there thinking, what were they really fighting for and wasit all necessary? So many lives taken without a second thought and forwhat? Not a classic, but thought provoking which in my book, is neverbad.
Reviewed byiainidcVote: 6/10/10
A little-known World War 2 drama despite featuring the talents of MelGibson and Sam Neill. The film follows an Australian Special Forcesteam led by Gibson on a mission to rescue the occupants of a planecrash-landed on a Pacific Island. Naturally, the island is swarmingwith Japanese determined to thwart the mission at every turn.
The film is not without its weaknesses; Gibson & Neill are a littleflat thanks to a script that doesn't allow them to show off theirtalents to the full(compare to Gibson's brilliant performance as FrankDunn in Gallipoli made around the same time). The music is poignant butfails to add much to the drama and there is a low-budget feel to muchof the film in general.
Having said that, Attack Force Z is fairly entertaining; it moves at agood pace and there are plenty of well-staged action sequences. Theending makes a strong statement on the futility of war. A decentaddition to your war movie collection but for fans of the genre only.
A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.