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Welcome to Munga’s “vision,” a violent flash and septic flush of bright colors and sweaty faces in Third World hell. Welcome to the grinning life of vain, preening Riva (Patsha Bay), a smuggler hustling a truckload of Angolan gasoline. He seduces the tall and torchy mistress (Manie Malone) of a big, dumb gangster, is adored by an urchin, and seems to see himself as a new Zorro or Robin Hood. For all the lewd gropings and torture frolics, the most memorable element is Hoji Fortuna, a sort of best-in-show Snoop Dogg. As César, a dapper Angolan killer, he terrorizes victims and then vows to “be more ruthless.”

Fine in rivalry is Marlene Langange, as a lesbian militia officer ripe and ready to be the ass-blasting Pam Grier of Kinshasa. Monsieur Munga’s vision was probably inspired by City of God, the free-wheeling Brazilian hit about boy thugs. Munga has taken similar elements and dragged them through the gutters of the sleaziest blaxploitation movies. Back in that era, the right title for this picture would have been Mondo Crappo.



Reviewed in this week’s listings: Bad Teacher and Earthwork.

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