Country: United States
Genre: Drama/ Suspense
Director: Robert A. Endelson
NOT WORTH YOUR TIME
Fight For Your Life isn’t all bad.
It starts out with an interesting premise. A multicultural group of lower class convicts escapes from a prison transport and holes up with a lower middle class black family.
Now, depictions of lower middle class black families are pretty rare, so that’s a welcome change. The head convict is played by William Sanderson, a good character actor. And writer Straw Weisman and director Robert A. Endelson are willing to get a little nasty. One cop gets splattered all over the place at point blank range and some poor civilian is repeatedly stabbed.
But good intentions aren’t everything. Straw Weisman can’t write convincing dialog to save his life and Robert A Endelson has no eye for composition. The pacing is leaden. And the music by Jeff Slevin, given that the filmmakers are trying to examine the cultural dynamics between groups of different races and classes, is way too cartoonish.
The filmmakers would have probably been better off going for pure exploitation, the more outrageous, the better. As it is, they don’t have the expertise to pull off a real thriller with social overtones.