When Quentin Tarantino bestows his opinion on your film, it feels like a blessing. You could have come before him or be doing something completely different to his genre tastes but it is solidifying when one of the most acclaimed directors options your movie as one of the best. So despite happening years before Tarantino made his mark with Reservoir Dogs, the lesser known Milano Calibro. 9 shocked, thrilled and enveloped action so poignantly that the Pulp Fiction director heralds it as the greatest Italian film ever made.
And By Jove, he was absolutely correct.
This is an extremely well done crime thriller that is equal parts chilling and engaging. Rather than entering the story with copious amounts of red stuff, gun shots and explosions, director Di Leo has an effective direction that spurs you in this enticing and excellent thriller. Unravelling the personality of Ugo, played passionately and brilliantly by Gastone Masochin, the film is teaming with ecstasies and shudders with each twist and turn. The atmosphere of noir is utterly evoking as you pace the Italian streets and panic with Ugo and his life under fire.
Similarly to The Godfather, Milano Calibre. 9 has all the makings of a classic gangster flick but is simmering with cool characters, phenomenal story pacing and an engaging aurora that is utterly unforgettable. As your heart raises, you’re pulse erratic and sweat drips down your brow, you’ll be glad that this movie shot into your life. Though there are dated elements, Piazza has a stripper girlfriend and some of the character dimensions of side-lined characters lack a lot of depth. That being said, these are minor irritations that you should put to the back of your mind. The mistakes will melt away in the composition, tone and beguiling acting.