Mob War

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime

Despite its low budget and production values, MOB WAR is a sincere crime melodrama that aims for far more than it delivers. Filmed in New York City, this violent tale of internecine conflict within the Mafia is no mindless exploitation quickie. MOB WAR's ambitiousness is evident in the scale of its labyrinthine narrative and the number and variety of its...read more

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Despite its low budget and production values, MOB WAR is a sincere crime melodrama that aims for far more than it delivers. Filmed in New York City, this violent tale of internecine conflict within the Mafia is no mindless exploitation quickie. MOB WAR's ambitiousness is evident in the

scale of its labyrinthine narrative and the number and variety of its locations, and viewers may well feel a grudging admiration for it even when it fails. Todd Barrett (Johnny Stumper), a public relations minimogul, is thrilled when he lands the wealthy and powerful John Falcone (David Henry

Keller) as a client. Although reputed to be a vicious Mafia mobster and drug overlord, Falcone presents himself as a misunderstood legitimate businessman, and Barrett is hungry enough to believe him. Although J. Christian Ingvordsen, MOB WAR's director, coproducer, and cowriter, has succeeded in

terms of the film's tight plotting and effective structure, he is ultimately defeated by trying to do too much with too little. The snappy editing can't compensate for the inept sound, stupefyingly intrusive music, lack of production design, and myriad other deficiencies the production is unable

to properly address. The inconsistent performances range from adequate to downright embarrassing.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Despite its low budget and production values, MOB WAR is a sincere crime melodrama that aims for far more than it delivers. Filmed in New York City, this violent tale of internecine conflict within the Mafia is no mindless exploitation quickie. MOB WAR's a… (more)

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