Jenny "Silk" Sleighton (Verrell) is a tough, fearless cop on the
Honolulu, Hawaii police force. She stops at nothing to get her man.
Whether it's foiling drug deals, stopping smuggling operations or
breaking up cockfights, baddies on every island from Niihau to
Kaunakakai to Kahoolawe to the Alenuihaha channel are facing her wrath.
When she's kidnapped by arch super-villain Austin (Shilton), she's
going to need help from her compatriots...but who can she really trust?
Find out today! Silk gets off to a very silly start, with cop movie/TV
show clichés galore (someone really needs to invent a word that means
"a cliché but with no negative connotation; in fact, you want and even
need to see this cliché". No such word exists in English that we're
aware of. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment today). Cec
Verrell as Silk is amazing. She's a beautiful woman in that classically
80's style, with a smoky bedroom voice, and she always has her hair
slicked back and is wearing designer clothes. But no one ever questions
why one of the models from behind Robert Palmer in the "Addicted To
Love" video is now a cop. (Not literally as far as we know, but it very
well could be). The fact that this absurdity is never once brought up
makes watching Silk a delight.
The fact that Silk is a woman doesn't change all the myriad clichés one
bit. But we're just happy this Cirio movie isn't yet another jungle
slog. Plus it has all the Philippines-based B-actors we know and love
at this point: Nick Nicholson plays another heavy, Mike Monty is on
board again, as is Willie Williams, Jose Mari Avellana, Henry
Strzalkowski, and naturally, Vic Diaz. The extras in the movie are
great too, and the dubbing ties it all together. The guitar-based
soundtrack by Willie Cruz keeps the energy up, and there is a truly
excellent title song which sounds like if Pat Benatar joined Jem and
the Holograms. In a true travesty, we do not know who performs this
memorable tune. If anyone out there knows, do tell.
Styles were so cool back then, even teddy bears had sunglasses and
mustaches. But besides that, we're always on the lookout for when video
stores pop up in movies, and in Silk, we see one in a mall. There's
even a poster for Ark Of the Sun God (1984), the Margheriti movie,
which can be clearly seen. In the end, Silk is an enjoyable (probably)
one-time watch, because nothing in it really sticks to the ribs. We
would like to see more Cec Verrell as Silk, but by the time of Silk 2
(1989) (yes, there's a Silk two), apparently she'd had enough and was
replaced by Monique Gabrielle. She never came back to reprise the role
like Sean Connery. But for video-store action with a strong and
interesting female presence, it's certainly worth a view.