A Las Vegas cop hides out from the Mob on a Navajo reservation beset by ritual murders in this dreadful made-for-video feature that has nothing to recommend it aside from a trio of attractive leads, all wasted.
Las Vagas Det. Nick Epps (Steven Bauer) is determined to testify against Joey Pinapolo Jr. (Tom Fridley), who brazenly killed Nick's partner. Because Joey Jr. is the son of Vegas' top crime boss, Nick's supervisors decide to hide him on a Navajo reservation. He will pose as an observer studying
tribal police methods under officer Audrey Wyako (Irene Bedard). Audrey is currently investigating a series of murders which she believes are linked to disappearing artifacts. The killer is in fact Not Lightning Struck (Ed O'Ross), an Indian practitioner of witchcraft. Audrey boards Nick with her
half-sister Elizabeth (Charlotte Lewis), an anthropologist who is videotaping tribal elders. The case becomes more personal when Struck kills the grandfather of Audrey and Elizabeth. Nick comforts Elizabeth in the privacy of her bed.
Meanwhile, Joey Jr. is released from jail for lack of evidence. Crooked cop Stevens (George Yager) tells him where Nick is, and they set off to kill him. Tracking all local known practitioners of witchcraft leads Audrey and Nick to Struck, who is killed in a fight with them. Returning to
Elizabeth's house, Nick finds Joey Jr. waiting for him. In a gun battle, the mobster and Stevens are killed by Audrey and Nick.
Steven Bauer, Irene Bedard, and Charlotte Lewis have all given at least capable performances in other films, but they don't stand a chance in NAVAJO BLUES, a film with just about nothing going for it. The story fails to do anything interesting with the usually rich culture-clash aspect. Instead,
it wastes time with two underdeveloped murder cases that have nothing to do with each other. Director-producer Joey Travolta (yes, his brother) wastes more time with endless establishing shots of Vegas casinos and pointless montages set to an assortment of staggeringly awful and inappropriate
songs. Everything about NAVAJO BLUES is so perfunctory that you can't help but wonder why they even bothered to make it. (Violence, sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: A Las Vegas cop hides out from the Mob on a Navajo reservation beset by ritual murders in this dreadful made-for-video feature that has nothing to recommend it aside from a trio of attractive leads, all wasted. Las Vagas Det. Nick Epps (Steven Bauer) is d… (more)