ESCAPE TO ATHENA
Every once in a blue moon a DVD/Blu release of a film I have been dying to see escapes my radar. One of such film was of the 1979 World War II critical and financial bomb “Escape to Athena” which was finally released on DVD back in July thanks to Hen’s Tooth Home Video but escaped me until last week. Being an avid fan of Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, World War II, 70s Cinema, and viewing anything/everything that was a box office bomb I had to make this part of my collection. Like expected it was a lesser WWII film entry but definitely not worthy of all the shit that piled on it by the public and critics back in 1979.
Other than conventional characters and miscasting, another problem director George P. Casmatos (“Rambo: First Blood Part II”) has is he can’t seem to make up his mind to make this comedy or action/adventure WWII yarn. It starts off slow with emphasis on comedy and later on becomes a full blown action flick with impressive sequences towards the end. But even the good action sequences are predictable and seem to copy-cat other films of the ilk.
Written By Eric Reifschneider