Ex-Green Beret, Mr. Slaughter (Jim Brown) finds out that his parents have been killed in a car-bomb. Slaughter knew his dad had mob connections, but his mother didn't. Nevertheless, Slaughter's out for blood. But the Treasury Department wants to join in on the fun since the baddies that they're after are not only responsible for the hit, but just for the usual underworld business. The trail leads to Mexico where the head honcho, Mario Felice (Norman Alfe) and his #1 goon, Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn) reside. And just to get this out of the way, Dominic is your typical slimey, honkey. Slaughter is paired with agents Kim (Marlene Clark) and "Marcus" (Don Gordon), but he also gets his libido a workout when Dominic's lady, Ann (Stella Stevens) is sent to spy on Slaughter. And wouldn't you know it? Ann ends up falling deep in love Slaughter! Everything soon concludes rather nicely once the bullets and the explosions close out the show.
This being one of the early action-packed blaxploitation titles, it's good to know that this one doesn't disappoint. Jack Starret's direction is rather crisp and never providing a dull moment, despite everything being by-the-numbers. Though there's nothing earth-shattering about Jim Brown's performance, he does good enough with what he's given. And I'd also like to give props to Don Gordon. You loved to hate him in The Mack, but you'll grow to love him as Slaughter's sidekick. Kudos also goes to the design of the opening credits-sequence along with Billy Preston's smashing title-song. You can't honestly ask for a better set-up for some modest blaxploitation-action fun.
Reviewed by Laydback - 1/8/08