The plot throws in a giddy assortment of every nutty Unsolved Mystery, from Easter Island and The Philadelphia Experiment to Erich Von Daniken, with no real idea about what it is doing with any of them and carrying on regardless anyway. There are certainly some well directed action scenes fights inside elevators and speeding trucks and notably a venture out to repair the wing of a plane as it is being strafed by a fighter. In a sense, these sequences contain the perfect incarnation of the action scenes in serials they are served at timed intervals and exist in a vacuum almost entirely independent of any connection to the plot.
The moments when Sky Bandits seems not to be taking itself seriously are its most unabashedly enjoyable like hero John Hargreaves unique means of garnering information from an informant by challenging him to an impromptu game of Russian Roulette; or the wonderful scene where Hargreaves rips the imprisoned heroines ropes off with his teeth while driving with his hands, then turns to her to comment: Didnt know you were into bondage. Its an utterly hysterical line that almost threatens to supplant Go ahead, make my day in the pantheon of all-time classic one-liners.
Director Colin Eggleston has been a sporadic director in the Australian film industry. He made the excellent Natures Revenge film Long Weekend (1978) but his subsequent output which has included the psycho-thrillers The Little Fella (1982) and Innocent Prey (1984), the clairvoyance film Cassandra (1987) and the self-explanatory Outback Vampires (1988) was all undistinguished.