Nikki is a saucy brunette who hates men, with one obvious
exception: she digs Al, her good-looking partner in crime. Working as
a team, they rip off businessmen in fancy hotels - until one of their
marks winds up dead. Worse still, a local sports hero, who's aptly
named Zipper Doyle, thinks they have a tape that would destroy his
career. So, taking their cue from Bonnie and Cylde and countless
other movie outlaws, Nikki and Al head for the lonesome road in Bill
Bennett's scrappy but ultimately disappointing take on film noir.
They meet the usual assortment of Australian oddballs - a spooky
motel owner who carries big knife, and a kindly gent who lives on a
former nuclear testing site. There's no one they can trust, not even
each other. Best scene? a funny bit of improvisation in which one of
the pursuing detectives tries to explain to his partner his sudden
refusal to eat bacon.
Still, despite such stylistic perks as jump cuts, the film tends
to lurch along without ever engaging the audience's interest.
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