Tom Sharky (Burt Reynolds), an Atlanta drug cop, is demoted to vice after screwing up a big bust. While investigating a prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles into an intricate conspiracy surrounding a mob hit with government connections. With the help of his bottom the barrel, down-and-out fellow vice officers Sharky must crack the case before they, and any potential witnesses, end up dead.
‘Sharky’s Machine’ is one of those great late 70’s/early 80’s action films that it combines both a great plot and dynamite action. It is also an essential Burt Reynolds flick. It is a brutal crime drama that hooks you in and keeps you entertained until the credits roll. Unlike many of Reynolds’ other great films from this period there is not a lot of humor. This is a more traditional action movie along the lines of something you’d expect from Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson.
If you are looking for straight-up action with plenty of violence and mayhem then ‘Sharky’s Machine’ is for you. It doesn’t require a lot of thinking, though it is still arguably smarter than most modern action movies. It is classic Burt Reynolds. Some might even argue that it is one of his best.