Blaxploitation icon Fred Williamson makes a special cameo in this action film revolving around five blind men who become bank robbers.
Johnny Duran (Charlie Davao) is a local bank who is in cahoots with a crime boss, Simpson (B.T. Anderson). They decide to plan a bank heist. However, due to their connections, they have a major chance of getting caught. They decide to find the last kind of people to do the job for them: blind people.
They find their would-be robbers in urban gangster Willie Black (D’Urville Martin), former matador Hector Lopez (Darnell Garcia), the magician Anderson (Dick Adair), and former Hong Kong triad man Lin Wang (Leo Fong). Under the training of Sally (Leila Hermosa), an educator for handicapped people, the four robbers learn to hone their skills despite their blindness. Duran finds one more for the team, Ben Guevara (Tony Ferrer), who blames the world for his handicap. What will happen when it comes time for the job to get done?
Shot on location apparently in many locations with Manila being the main place with an all Filipino crew, director Efron C. Piñon (who co-wrote the screenplay with co-star Leo Fong), made good use of the budget he had for the film. The film definitely is an ultimate cheesefest with the blind robbers using both gunplay and martial arts to pull off the bank heist. However, what is interesting is that we get a few of the robbers’ backstories. The notable ones are Martin and Fong, who use their martial arts skills in their flashbacks before it is revealed how they are blinded.
The film truly is fitting of the name because not only is there a literal sense of “blind rage” within the robbers, but there is also the “blind rage” that pulling off a heist they were hired for meets with the usual expected results, and it proves no different. There is not only a double-cross involved, but more of a triple cross involved. This is not to put a damper on things, but this is where our man Williamson finally comes in.
Williamson reprises the role of one of his most famous characters, Jesse Crowder. The character made his first appearance in DEATH JOURNEY (1975) as the bodyguard of a federal witness and then as a private investigator in NO WAY BACK (1976). This marks Crowder’s third appearance and it is only an extended cameo. Here, he takes on the ruthless banker Duran in a fight after he forgets to load his gun. The fights in the film are the typical American-style karate stuff seen in the late seventies, but still gives a sense of cult nonetheless.
BLIND RAGE may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has two things, a novel idea and definitive cult value. Worth maybe one viewing and then, one can go from there.