Almost Human

1974

Crime / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.4

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Reviewed by Bezenby 7

Yet another winner from Umberto Lenzi, one of the masters of the Italian Crime movie (and there are many). For this one, he focuses mainly on the exploits of Guilio (Tomas Milian), a psychopath out for that one big score, who struggles to keep his insanity in check.<br/><br/>Julio&#39;s just botched a bank job by getting a bit paranoid and killing a traffic cop, and after receiving a well-deserved kicking from some gangsters, he heads off to his girlfriend&#39;s house to mooch some cash. When not getting a kicking or mooching, Guilio hangs around with his petty thief mates, preaching about a big score. After killing yet another cop while being caught stealing from a cigarette machine, Julio stumbles upon his plan – to kidnap the daughter of a wealthy businessman and hold her for ransom. He&#39;s got two problems with this plan. The first problem is that Cop Henry Silva is on his trail ever since the murder of the cop at the cigarette machine. The second problem is that Guilio is a complete psycho and kills without thought, leaving a trail of bodies for Silva to find. Silva himself has a problem – he&#39;s a victim of the apathy and red tape of the Italian crime system and his fury grows every time he&#39;s held back from stomping all over Guilio&#39;s head. Although Almost Human is violent and sleazy, it&#39;s not as over the top as Violent Naples or The Rat, The Cynic, The Fist. Those two films had a larger cast, more car chases, and more characters to be killed off in various ways. Almost Human on the other hand is Milian&#39;s show all the way. Despite, according to the interview on my DVD, Milian being a bit full of himself, he really can act and here he displays every side of a sociopath, from a screaming murderer to a grief stricken boyfriend, to a begging, pathetic weasel (the switches in personality are really impressive). As the film concentrates almost exclusively on Milian, it&#39;s slower paced but not without it&#39;s set pieces, from Milian and his gang crashing a party, to Milian&#39;s drive with girlfriend Anita Strinberg out into the country. I&#39;d say the title doesn&#39;t just refer to Milian, but also to Silva, who displays little emotion throughout the film, save his rage against Milian. I recommend this and all the other Lenzi crime movies I&#39;ve seen: Violent Naples, The Rat, the Cynic, The Fist, and Syndicated Sadists. It&#39;s a pity he got bogged down trying to outdo Ruggero Deodato with those vile cannibal flicks, because it&#39;s with the crime genre he excelled at.

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Reviewed by The_Void 9

Umberto Lenzi&#39;s Almost Human is a film that takes in all the best elements of seventies Italian cinema and blends it all into one deliriously entertaining thriller! Umberto Lenzi is, of course, more famous for his cannibal and zombie films; but I have it on good authority that his real talent lies in police thrillers, and even though this is my first Poliziotteschi from Lenzi; it appears that would indeed be the case. The film takes obvious influence from successful American films such as Dirty Harry, but it&#39;s also obvious that Lenzi has added his own spin on the sub-genre, as the sadistic director implants a lot of scenes that wouldn&#39;t be out of place in an exploitation film. Almost Human is graphically violent throughout, and that is certainly no bad thing! The film follows a career criminal known as Giulio Sacci who realises that he&#39;s not making a lot of money out of small time crime and so hatches a plot to kidnap a wealthy man&#39;s daughter and hold her for ransom. It&#39;s not long before Milan&#39;s toughest cop; Inspector Walter Grandi gets on the case and sets into motion a bloodthirsty chain of events! <br/><br/>The cast and crew is like a who&#39;s who of Italian cinema. Lenzi himself has directed a number of the best Italian films, while nobody will disagree that films such as The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh and The Case of the Bloody Iris make Ernesto Gastaldi one of Italy&#39;s finest scriptwriters. The cast is superb, and benefits from two strong lead male performances. Thomas Milan, perhaps best known for performances as Django and a starring role in Fulci&#39;s Don&#39;t Torture a Duckling, gives a sadistic and charismatic lead performance, while Henry Silva is his opposite number. There are support roles for the likes of Anita Strindberg and Ray Lovelock, and just to top things off; Almost Human is scored by the great Ennio Morricone! The plot is superb and continually delivers the unexpected as the lead character descends further into bloodthirsty insanity. Lenzi does a good job of presenting a dirty and gritty atmosphere for the film, and ensures that the film feels like a police thriller with several car chases and shootouts. Italian films are known for being cheap and nasty; but that isn&#39;t the case here, as the production values are good and the film always feels professionally made. Highly recommended for the fan of Italian cinema!

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Reviewed by Golgo-13 7

Wow, I was not expecting this one to be as good as it turned out! Possibly Umberto Lenzi&#39;s best film, Almost Human is a violent and mean-spirited Italian crime-thriller from that golden age of the 70&#39;s. Tomas Milian stars as Giulio Sacchi, a lowly thug who is despised even by his peers. Sacchi has a lot of criminal perseverance, though, and manages to come up with a kidnapping/ransom scheme that should set him and his small crew up for life. Of course, the fact that Sacchi is a mean and crazy bastard makes things difficult (and deadly) for just about everyone involved, inadvertently or not! The dedicated, stone-faced cop investigating Sacchi&#39;s reign of terror was played by Henry Silva, who did a fine job in the role. To the tune of the thumping theme by Ennio Morricone, Almost Human delivers the details and action at a strong pace, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. And with cool dialogue that Tarantino would love, well, this was just a very entertaining and well-made piece of Eurocrime. The new DVD from No Shame features several interview extras, the best of which being from Milian, who even at his old age manages to be a lively, funny guy.

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