★★★★★= Very Good (and Beyond)
★= Very Bad (and Below)
I'm the last person I expected to enjoy this film, but I really did. It's a solid well paced-thriller that gives the audience exactly what it promised. It never overstays its welcome on any one gimmick or scene and I thought Lathan did a great job in the lead. The film's ending is great too. Silly, but great.
This is like watching a decent documentary with your racist uncle commenting endlessly over it all. The majority of reviews on here for Mondo Cane seem to go one of two ways. Either it's terrible because it's racist and cruel and should be thrown in a dumpster or it's terrible because it's uninteresting and dull. I actually thought the film itself was pretty good. Even the scenes other folks describe as "dull" I found pretty engaging. For example the hangover…
The score is amazing and the film is gorgeous to look at so already I'm sold. It's far less a narrative film than it is a poetic look at war and the victims not fighting. The war itself is replaced with nature (mist, rivers, birds), folk songs, and documentary footage. The aftermath of these moments are poetic vignettes dealing with various aspects of war. Just a great piece of experimental/poetic cinema.