The Destructors (1968)

THE DESTRUCTORS (1968)
Article 2848 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-23-2009
Posting Date: 5-31-2009
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Featuring Richard Egan, Patricia Owens, John Ericson
Country: USA

A shipment of “laser rubies” is stolen. These are used in a new secret weapon being developed by the government. Agents suspect the culprits are spies who now plan to get a hold of the weapon.

The weapon is a kind of death ray. Combine this with the presence of spies, and it shouldn’t take you more than a few seconds to figure out that what we’ve got here is another Gizmo Maguffin plot. And sure enough, that’s what it turns out to be, and it’s one of those that looks flat, routine, and uninspired from square one. A couple of moments here and there are a hair better than you might expect, but only a hair, and once the plot starts to revolve around the spy’s relationship with his ex-wife, we get lots of boring character stuff to pad out the running time. This is one of those movies where everyone seems to be sweating a lot, especially our tanned hero, who engages in fist fights with characters half his age, but somehow wins. It even tries to add a little touch of James Bond to the proceedings by having him flirt with the women at the office, but to no avail. It’s standard and forgettable at best.

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