Attack Force Z is a strange one. Based on fact, regarding an elite squad of soldiers on a mission to rescue an important man, believed to be a plane that's crashed, this is a group that takes no prisoners, and are frighteningly unrelenting Gibson had done this the same time as Gallipoli and is strong, in his role, as the head honcho, with great support from Neil, Haywood, and sadly a short lived Waters.The other, John Phillip Law, who played a character I really liked is more a lover than a fighter, and I was grateful, the screen time I had with this guy, one near 20 minute duration, before we cross back to Mel and squad. Yes, this film has great action, but I found the film, sloppy in bits + some cheesy moments. Yes, good research has gone into it, but this is just a forgettable film. Great music score, one the film's assets, above not many years. Definitely worth a view, for the actors, in their young, talented prime.
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Attack Force Z (1982)
Attack Force Z is a movie starring John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, and Sam Neill. A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.
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Film kind of under attackReviewed byvideorama-759-859391Vote: 7/10
Attack Force Z; A movie saved from obscurity solely because it provided early rolls to Mel Gibson and Sam Neill. Throw parallels to The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Where Eagles Dare (1968) and you got yourself an Australian knock-off of early tough-soldier- man American bravado.
A group of Australian special forces is deployed during WWII to recover the passengers of a downed plane in Japanese occupied Dutch East Indies. There they kick the proverbial hornets nest and try to stay alive thanks to the help of an underground resistance movement.
It was hard to get into this one largely due to its constant clichés. I guess I have seen the dramatic self-sacrifice of a noble comrade and stealth gone awry because a twig snapped way too many times. The characters themselves aren't incredibly developed and any attempt to flesh them out feels jerky and unnatural. At one point it just gets absurd as one character stays behind to protect the love interest he had shared a room with only a few cuts ago. Granted she prevented him from being discovered but besides a common enemy they had little to really bond over.
Another major problem I had was the elongated scenes involving other languages like Japanese and Cantonese. Perhaps it was just the version I saw but with no subtitles provided, I was forced to guess what they were saying and only later confirm what was going on. Plus if I'm not mistaken, they speak Malay in Indonesia not Cantonese.
Better than average Aussie "B" feature, where the producers have certainly gained maximum bang for their buck in more ways than one.
Let's be clear from the outset. This is a fictional story, supposedly based on the real life exploits of the Z force. The high body count pretty much attests to that. But high body counts do mean there is action and I have to admit some surprise as to how well director Tim Burstall, not really known for action films, choreographs the action sequences in this movie, bearing in mind that the budget he was working with was minimal. Still he cleverly manages to include realistically; a submarine, an exploding plane, fire - fights, martial arts and a climactic battle (of sorts). Attack Force Z may be many things, but it can't be accused of being dull.
Burstall even manages to throw in a couple of unexpected twists. One of the supporting cast members who was (and arguably still is) a very well-known Australian actor of the 70's and 80's, plays a character who barely has 5 minutes of screen time before suffering a probable unforeseen fate.
A bonus of course is we get to see both Mel Gibson (complete with Aussie accent) and Sam Neill playing together in pre-Hollywood fame roles. Gibson is the mission leader and Neill is effectively his trusty sidekick. I have to also say John Phillip Law plays the (token) American-Dutch, mandarin-speaking (LOL) character very competently.
The story itself too is quite interesting with its variation on the war against the Japanese in the Pacific, by this time, strongly highlighting the involvement of the ethnic Chinese.
I was pleasantly surprised with this film, as I'm sure others will be too.