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Odd Man Out Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 16, 2012
After an IRA-sponsored bank heist goes wrong, a seriously wounded man wanders Belfast.
I spent most of this film wondering about the title card at the beginning that pretentiously proclaimed the film was about "the hearts of men" and not the IRA. I kept looking for what the film was saying about the hearts of men, but the collection of characters was more varied and idiosyncratic than can be reduced to types; they don't seem emblematic of a particular political position. I felt like the film wanted to be more reductive than what I saw in it, which is a strange reversal of fortune.
The action sequences, particularly the attempted escape from the bank, were often thrilling. When the film became a character study instead of an action film in the second and third acts, director Carol Reed handled that transition well, though not seamlessly.
James Mason flashes bits of a fleshed-out character, but mostly the script relegates him to playing wounded, but the large, supporting cast is colorful and interesting.
Overall, I don't really know what Odd Man Out is saying or what it thinks it's saying, but the characters are round and mostly interesting, which ultimately makes the film worth watching.
Super Reviewer
February 5, 2009
There's a plethora of morals and conclusions to be drawn from Carol Reed's timeless Odd Man Out. A saga of hope vs. hopelessness in a duel to the bitter end. Absolutely brilliant.
Super Reviewer
½ August 21, 2009
Excellent British noir, perhaps a little overlong. James Mason is brilliant in the lead but it is beautifully acted by the entire cast.
Super Reviewer
November 7, 2008
Wow, Two thumbs up, Another masterpiece by Mr. Reed
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2007
One of the great unsung film noir's.
Carol Reed's (The Third Man) other great masterpiece stars James Mason as an Irish terrorist on the hiding out from his gang, the law and head hunting citizens.
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2007
gritty crime drama from carol reed pre-third man. nice performance by james mason as an ira man on the run after a botched robbery. progress toward reed's masterpiece is quite evident with great shadowy noir atmosphere, sharp dialogue, suspenseful chase scenes and interesting random characters along the way all leading to a powerful climax
Super Reviewer
July 25, 2015
The cinematography is remarkable...sadly the story isn't. Best enjoyed on mute.
August 20, 2015
Part noir, part psychological thriller. Expressive chiaroscuro illuminates and darkens this physical and spiritual journey to the depths of a divided city and a divided soul
½ May 3, 2015
Capturing the Belfast society post WWII, with the noir-ish thriller-like Reed adaption. Predecessor of his grand work "The Third Man", much assemblance.
March 24, 2015
James Mason
Carol Reed directed one of his best
Supporting cast great
Dan Oherlihy, William Hartnell
Film noirish
Dramatic music heightened the sense of foreboding
Ending scene by the cenetary in the snow; reportedlt tined down b/c too violent
First person thru mMason's eyes
½ January 15, 2012
A dark and gritty suspense tale told in the back alleys and dirty streets of Ireland. Most of the film takes place after a heist goes wrong and we watch as the leader of the theft slowly bleeds to death as he hides from authorities. Yes, this isn't a happy film, but it's a strong one and definitely worth a look.
April 11, 2011
A masterpiece of postwar noir - James Mason firmly puts his stamp on film stardom. Mason was the world's top box office idol for years to come. Odd Man Out launched him into Hollywood where he would make films with every major director for the rest of his life.
June 23, 2010
A ponderous and meandering cat-and-mouse game. Some nice noirish visuals, but nothing Reed didn't do better in, say, The Third Man. The film is so bogged down in bumbling minor characters that we never have any reason to sympathize with - or even get to know - Mason's character, and seeing as how his flight from the law is both the crux of the plot and the film's moral dilemma, his lack of definition leaves a fairly large hole.
September 25, 2009
Reed once again brings on the stunning photography, with deep, long shadows and fantastic hallucination sequences. And the story contains a lot of tension, and comments on the issue of taking sides without actually taking sides itself. However, it falls short of The Third Man. Mason doesn't have the commanding screen presence of Cotten or Welles. And I couldn't help feeling a bit restless, wanting the plot to move forward more swiftly. It felt like the suspense was at odds with the drama.
September 15, 2009
as great as the Third Man? No, surely not, but what is really? This is on its own kind of like Reed's partial trial-run for Third Man. It's a bleak and cold noir about an IRA leader shot and slowly dying from place to place over the course of a night. It's a tough, surreal journey with lots of incredible scenes and characters you wont soon forget.
½ August 12, 2009
A wonderfully tense journey through the snowy, starlit streets of 1940's Belfast, this film explores the effect of the IRA conflict on normal people who get caught in the middle. James Mason plays a recently-escaped IRA chief who inadvertenly kills a guard during a botched robbery. Abandoned by his partners, he is forced to hide and beg his way home, encountering people too afraid to help or who wish to use him for their own gains. Well-written, well-acted and well-made, this British drama is worth the time.
½ August 11, 2009
An incredible film, the father of Polanski's pessimism, this or the fact that his family was murdered by the Manson family and survived the Nazi invasion, either way, depressing.
½ June 6, 2009
Drunken, Irish claustrophobia. But I wanted to punch some of the characters, namely Shell, in the face.
May 24, 2009
Excellent and gritty "film noir" from acclaimed director Carol Reed focusing on the leader of a Northern Irish political gang and the city-wide manhunt resulting from a botched robbery getaway. The impressive cinematography is highlighted by the use of alleys, shadows and damp streets. The film has an almost-haunting and certainly tragic human quality to it. Kathleen Ryan's quiet and dignified performance surpasses Mason's.
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