Blu-Ray Review: High Crime

Belli in search of the truth

Tales of good versus evil are almost as old as mankind itself. The earliest writings often refer to such conflicts and most major religions have this message at their core. In today’s popular culture this normally metamorphosises into superheroes versus villains or cops versus robbers. The latter has fascinated people for decades. The cat and mouse chase. The struggle for the upper hand. To outsmart and outwit your enemy. This provides the driver for High Crime.

Vice-Commissioner Belli (Franco Nero) is determined to bring down a drug gang responsible for a string of crimes in Genoa. Desperate for a break through, he approaches an old former gangster, Cafiero (Fernando Rey), to help. However, the wily old campaigner has his own plans. Happy to use the unsuspecting lawman as a pawn in his game. When Belli’s boss (James Whitmore) is murdered, he assumes command with a renewed determination to avenge his death.

High Crime is a top tier Poliziotteschi. It benefits from having some great acting talent on show, who really chew up the scenery. Especially Nero and Rey. Enzo G. Castellari’s hardboiled crime thriller is full of impressive action sequences and high intensity staring. However, it’s the writing and direction that make it stand out from its peers. Ensuring that High Crime is both highly entertaining and very smart.

Special features:

  • A Criminal Conversation – Enzo G. Castellari Remembers High Crime
  • The Scene of the Crime – An Interview with Roberto Girometti
  • High and Dry – The Stuntwork of Massimo Vanni

High Crime is released on Blu-ray by Studiocanal on 6 June.

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