Acts Of Betrayal

  • 1997
  • 1 HR 27 MIN
  • R

In the mood for a loud, frenetic witness-on-the-run adventure? How about one in which a key plot-point involves the heroine's talent for spreading her legs? At one point she's snidely referred to as a "class act" and that's an observation that could be just as sarcastically leveled at this full-decibel mafia-bimbo movie. Under confidential orders from FBI...read more

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In the mood for a loud, frenetic witness-on-the-run adventure? How about one in which a key plot-point involves the heroine's talent for spreading her legs? At one point she's snidely referred to as a "class act" and that's an observation that could be just as sarcastically

leveled at this full-decibel mafia-bimbo movie. Under confidential orders from FBI bigwig Crispin (David Groh), stalwart agents Cooper (Matt McColm) and Morelli (GregAlan Williams) arrive in a sleepy witness-protection vale to ready Lucy "Eva" Ramirez (Maria Conchita Alonso) for her grand jury

testimony that hopefully will put her late hubby's mob associates out of business. However, a traitor within the FBI hires a right-wing assassination bureau to make sure Lucy never reaches her safe-house. (That's right -- conservative republicans have mutual interests with the FBI and the Black

Hand set.) Ambushed at Lucy's bank, Cooper requests back-up from Crispin but it never arrives; Morelli is fatally wounded in the shoot-out. Cooper and a ungrateful, complaining Lucy sequester themselves in an abandoned factory, but how long can they fend off dozens of mercenary assassins? This

wretched movie reaches a nadir of tastelessness when Cooper cleverly tells Lucy to assume her favorite position in order to duck away from the henchman holding her. What a running gag! The mystery here isn't whether Cooper can deduce the FBI back-stabber's identity, but how long Alonso can go on

playing spitfires. Her motor-mouthed presence is so hyper she seems to be in danger of imploding; her screeching of expletives hits notes only a canine can fully hear. It's an attention-getting turn in a monotonous action foray that deserves little attention due to poor pacing, pedestrian

direction and loopy paranoia about a zealot splinter group within our government.

Cord-Cutting Guide. Credit: Robert Rodriguez / TV Guide

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