Film #99: THE INTERNECINE PROJECT
The Internecine Project
2.5 out of 5 stars
Film #99: THE INTERNECINE PROJECTThis dated little espionage thriller starring James Coburn and Lee Grant was directed by, of all people, the guy who directed CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Ken Hughes. The inherent problem with films that rely in “modern” technology & gadgetry is that all too soon state of the art progresses past the point where the technology shown is relevant. I mean, at a time when we have computers and the internet, when we see information being gathered on giant reel-to-reel tapes… well, it’s hard to take things seriously. In this film, we get the usually over-convoluted plot featuring some fine English character actors as well as the always solid Coburn (who oozes smoothness and oiliness), Keenan Wynn (who is, well… Keenan Wynn), and Grant (doing her “reporter” and “empowered woman” schtick). The vibe of the film is VERY early ‘70s and, after a bit of over-wrought explanation, the final act is basically Coburn looking anxious as his intricate plot unfolds. In the end, the film more like a star-studded TV Movie Of The Week than a full-blown feature film. However, it is nice to see Coburn in his prime and acting his ass off. Fun… but again, not compulsory viewing by any means.