Sunday, November 29, 2015
Smith plays government agent Drew Savano, summoned to Hawaii to stop an army of seven assassins who plan to take over the state by murdering its political leaders. Drew’s plan is to recruit his own army of seven and assign each member his or her own enemy to kill during a tight half-hour window two days hence. Drew’s wildly disparate crew includes a sexy helicopter pilot, a redneck, a scientific genius, a karate expert, a jive-talking black guy, and a stand-up comic. Sidaris’ story also allows Sidaris the producer to pay Smith for only a few days work, since much screen time is handed over to each supporting character as they set up and enact their assassination plans. Smith (THE SWINGING BARMAIDS) probably says more dialogue via voiceover than on-screen.
The action scenes are typically Sidarisian, involving complex mechanical gadgetry and exotic vehicles, as well as plenty of exploding blood packets and a silly-funky musical score. Smith seems looser than usual, no doubt a result of a paid Hawaiian vacation (he stuck around to co-star with Jack Lord in HAWAII FIVE-O’s final season) and the presence of a pulchritudinous supporting cast of ladies, including Susan Kiger (ANGELS’ BRIGADE), Barbara Leigh (of Hammer’s never-to-be VAMPIRELLA), and Carol Needham. Originally intended by Sidaris to be a vehicle for Burt Reynolds, SEVEN received a script polish by television vet Bill Driskill (COLUMBO) and financing from independent producer Melvin Simon (THE STUNT MAN).