Third World Cop Review

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One of the more enjoyable aspects of the BBC's mid-80s come-on-kids-let's-all-start-a-band programme Rock School was the frequent appearance of legendary rhythm section Sly & Robbie. For, while they have few peers as backing musicians, the duo's impenetrable West Indian accents rendered their many pearls of wisdom almost completely unintelligible.

Sly & Robbie's unintentionally hilarious masterclasses will doubtless be recalled by many who go to see Third World Cop, in part because the pair have overseen the film's cracking dub-heavy soundtrack. But also due to the fact that much of the film's more complex dialogue may well be equally incomprehensible to those folks not familiar with Jamaican patois.

Fortunately the plot is simplicity itself. Lifting equally from Dirty Harry, Angels With Dirty Faces and a raft of Hong Kong action flicks, the film stars Campbell as copper Capone, whose determination to clean up Kingston brings him into conflict with gun-running childhood pal, Ratty (Danvers). Bradshaw, meanwhile, plays Ratty's maniacal one-armed dopehead boss Onie, while Reid takes the rather thankless role of love interest Rita.

If the armament-heavy result betrays director Campbell's relative inexperience, then it is at least refreshing to see the usual clichés played out in a locale other than the mean streets of Los Angeles or, indeed, London. Eagle-eyed reggae nuts, meanwhile, may care to look out for cameos from Shakespeare and fellow icon-of-skank, Ninja Man.