Stay away from me with that fan!

Macao had potential for me. A gritty third-world crime drama without annoying amounts of sentimentality heaped upon it, despite the presence of Jane Russell as the sultry singer whom we are continually reminded has a chip on her shoulder. Robert Mitchum is the ex-cop, whose presence threatens crook William Bendix, who in turn, is stuck in Macao due to the Hong Kong police waiting to nab him if he should ever cross more than three miles outside territorial waters, a fact referred to repeatedly throughout the film.

It's all mechanics and no heart. The characters never compelled me, and I never really cared about them. The noir angle is never capitalized upon. The intrigue isn't so intriguing, given we know most of the facts almost from the start. The singing is out of place. About all the film has going for it is the bare eighty minutes of its length. Cap it all with a seemingly interminable chase sequence, which could be added to some judicious cuts to fit within an hour - with commercials, and maybe you'd have a decent episode of a broadcast drama. Here, it's just silly.

Was this review helpful to you?

Full profile for Macao

Latest Articles
login to submit an article
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy

The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew

2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew

How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm

Popular Reviews
submit a review here

Latest Reviews
submit a review here