(based on the novel "Ten Second Jailbreak"):
Howard B. Kreitsek
Bronson is a delight as a carefree opportunist pilot who's sent on a
mission to rescue framed American Robert Duvall from a Mexican prison.
Unlike his Death Wish-persona established a year earlier, Bronson
deploys a charming, witty and easy-going characterization - right in the
vein of Burt
Reynolds. He carries a film that otherwise can be both
naïve and inconsiderate, paying little attention to the politics or
framework for the situation the Duvall character finds himself in, which
is covered only by a pallid John Huston in a thin characterization. The
direction, by Tom Gries, is uneven but industrious. Some crucial scenes
miss their mark (e.g. the "rape" scene), but Gries shows some
nice touches including an effective use of freeze frames. It is a film supported by engaging action, a clever plot and a nice humane
touch that one might not have expected in a film like this.