Friday, May 11, 2007

Psy (1992) (The Pigs)

It is funny to see when the translation for the subtitles are wrong. Like "when did your wife live you?"
One question that arose when Poland changed from its communist form of government to a more open model was what to do with its thousands of secret policemen. Clearly, some of them couldn't be integrated into the regular police force, and some of them could. In this police thriller, Olo (Marek Kondrat) is a former secret policeman who has joined an illegal drug cartel, and he soon comes into conflict with one of the men newly integrated into the regular police force. Despite his being a "regular" policeman, Franz (Boguslaw Linda) refuses to play by the book, and uses many of his old techniques and contacts to track down whoever is killing so many of his new colleagues. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

...and I thought Natural Born Killers had a high body count.,
I was surprised to see that a sequel to this film was made. Not because Pigs isn't well crafted, but because I didn't think there was anyone left in Poland by the time the credits rolled. I don't think I've ever seen so many heads exploding or bodies convulsing as they're pumped full of bullets. The plot revolves around the antics of a group of seriously hard police adjusting to a more restrictive life, where their utterly depraved past behaviour is now frowned upon by society. It's definitely interesting, with good performances (although those who enjoyed the wonderful Janusz Gajos in Three Colours: White may find him less charming here) and weirdly beautiful cinematography, but let's just say it's not a good choice for a date movie unless you're dating Aileen Wuornos.
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Starting with a man hanged upside down beaten to death in plastic bag, the movie was fairly violent-although not the most violent I have seen. In the end it was a story of betrayal.

Rating: 3.5 (/5)