Suicide Mission (1970) starring Craig Hill, Manuel Zarzo, María Silva, Carlos Quiney, Piero Lulli, Enrique Ávila, Aldo Sambrell directed by José Luis Merino Movie Review

Suicide Mission (1970)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Suicide Mission (1970) starring Craig Hill, Manuel Zarzo, María Silva, Carlos Quiney

Double Cross

A group of American commandos are sent on a priority mission to sneak into enemy territory and kidnap General Rommel. But their mission comes to a crashing end when they are captured by the Nazis who after torturing them get details of their cunning abduction plot. But the Nazi's have a cunning plan of their own as they switch the Commandos for some of their own men and send them back into the allied territory with a soldier who is the spitting image of General Rommel so that he can kill President Eisenhower.

That synopsis sounds simple enough doesn't it but "Suicide Mission" which is also known as "When Heroes Die" in some countries is anything but simple because of one fact people are not who they first appear to be. So along the way there are double crosses, double agents, resistance fighters as well as various nationalities which intentionally complicate this little European war movie. And in many ways it is a good thing that the storyline keeps on twisting and turning as without that it would be just a forgettable war movie.

Now I am not for a minute saying that "Suicide Mission" is a good war movie as beyond the twisting storyline it doesn't have a lot else going for it. The action feels static and the acting well without a recognizable big name star it occasionally feels like an amateur movie. But at the same time, there is still something about it which is fascinating and it is the convoluted nature as you can never take for granted what we are watching is as it appears.

What this all boils down to is that "Suicide Mission" is not a great movie and to be honest as it plays out it struggles to keep your full attention especially during the final 20 minutes. But the double crossing, twisting nature of the storyline where you can't take anything for what it is makes it strangely interesting.