Cinema: Calculations

THE FORMULA Directed by John Avildsen Screenplay by Steve Shagan

"Is that him?" "Naw, can't be." "Sure it is. Listen." "By golly, I think you're right."

Once Marlon Brando's disguise has been penetrated and the great eccentric has been identified, such suspense as The Formula manages to generate comes to an abrupt and early end, though whatever fun and frolic the film offers depends solely on his occasional presence as the comically menacing leader of an oil cartel. Perhaps one should say the oil cartel. The movie traffics heavily in this kind of simple-minded paranoia. It insists that evil lurks in a single...

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