'Inglorious Bastards' is definatly a product of it's time, delivering on over the top thrills and explosive action. Here in lies the charm of this Italian war film.
The plot line is simple enough, a group of American P.O.W's are to be transported across the French countryside in a convoy to be tried for the various crimes they have commited. Whilst they are on the road the convoy taking them is attacked and a five of the men seize the opportunity and make their escape.
The group play out as a depeleted version of the Dirty Dozen, among them are cult cinema legends Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson, also Peter Hooten and Michael Pergolani. The cast are entertaining to watch, especially Svenson and Williamson respectively as the leader and tough guy of the group. Pergolani's character is here to add comic relief but doen't really shine, although does have a couple of funny moments. Hooten is watchable as the dark horse of the bunch with a dodgy past back in Chicago, he has little respect for his fellow man and has a running back and to with Williamson character throughout the film.
This certainly has it's moments, whilst the characters are on the run they must stay out of the way of both the army they fought for and the opposing opposition, getting into shoot outs along the way, many of these highly entertaining with some watchable action and well staged stunt work.
Although one shoot out leads the group to make a disastrous mistake they are inexplicably thrown into undertaking a dangerous mission for the US army, to get aboard a train and steal a V2 bomb from the enemy, altough the mission had been trained for for months in order to be pulled off the group have only to do the mission with no such training.
Here the film's action turns up a notch, with the mission underway the action comes thick and fast, with shoot outs, explosions and stunt men being thrown from one side of the screen to the other both in full and slow motion with explosions trailing infront and behinde them.
At the helm of all this is Italian director Enzo Castellari, who is clearly having immense fun with the characters and action secene's here, staging them all on an explosive scale.
Whilst this does have a romatic sub plot that has no place whatsoever in this film it's still an enjoyable watch with that being the only draw back, the cast, especially Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson are great to watch. Whilst the story and characters have been done in one form or another in various other men on a mission movies, this still stands as one of the most entertaining.