Cinema: High Life

SKY RIDERS

Directed by DOUGLAS HICKOX Screenplay by JACK DEWITT, STANLEY MANN and GARRY MICHAEL WHITE

It is hard to comprehend why it required three writers to do this screenplay, when any reasonably bright nine-year-old could have managed it. The story is the stuff of convention: get some innocents (a mother and two children) captured by some baddies (in this case lunatic political terrorists) and sequestered where they are rescue-proof by conventional means (a deserted monastery on top of an isolated peak). The whole idea is to make an improbable —and cinematically novel—rescue gimmick a logical necessity, and in this the scriveners succeed.

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