A frivolous action flick whipped up chiefly as
an excuse to show off curvaceous Raquel Welsh in a variety of revealing
outfits while she tries to untangle herself from a web of international
On a sky diving vacation in Spain, Fathom Harvill gets
recruited to spy by some dubious quasi military types. Following orders,
Fathom floats down into the lap of Peter Merriweather, a Hong Kong swifty
on the scent of whatever everyone seems to be after. If Peter isn't enough
of a challenge, there's the devious Russian Sergi Serapkin. Fathom
gets to exercise her parachute wings, her water wings, and even dances
with an angry bull. The one-liners are uninspired, but the setting is
charming and the characters just far enough from blatant satire to keep Fathom
on a even light keel.
Welsh turns some heads in
brief lime. ©Fox
Raquel Welsh does looks scrumptious draped
across the widescreen. She handles her role with enough carefree abandon
and self-aware sexuality to bring some entertainment to Fathom.
Anthony Franciosa grins a lot and seems to be having a fine time cast in
an unusual action role.
Leslie H. Martinson directs competently
from a script by Lorenzo Semple, Jr. The cinematography is uninspired and
the music adds little to the pleasures.
Transfer elements are not in terrific shape. Some
color wear is evident and minor misregistration shows up here and there.
Not that all those outfits Raquel Welsh wears don't come to life. Hers is
the best shape in Fathom. Overall, this isn't a very sharp transfer. Even
slightly mushy. Black level is all right. there's little strain on shadow
detail since most of the scenes are brightly lit. The mono sound is rather
harsh and slightly distorted. Not very pleasant.
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