This compact and forceful low-budget film noir ... compresses a week in a hit man's bitter life into a dazzlingly brisk yet richly nuanced seventy-seven minutes.
You'd have to wait until The Killing of a Chinese Bookie for a deeper autopsy of the gangland macho ethos
The lost noir classic starts off a bit dubiously... but the increasingly sleazy, realistic atmosphere begins to take hold of you, until you're fairly well rapt.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Alan Baron's film is as mixed as bags get.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
For a no-budget film shot on location in New York City on the sly with a nonactor in the lead role, there is a grand, existential audacity to Allen Baron's Blast of Silence.
pure bliss for lovers of cigarettes, fedoras, and big black sedans
| Original Score: 4/5
Absolutely eye-popping film noir about an alienated hit-man. Not without a certain musty charm, especially the scene at the Village Gate where a "beatnik" jazz musician sings "Dressed in Black".
The film plays like an unholy marriage between the realist films noir of the '40s like The Naked City and the early independent dramas of John Cassavetes...
The tension doesn't so much revolve around the antihero's job, redemption, or ultimate fate but rather the disconnect between its mundane milieu and the grandiose flourishes they're meant to convey.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's lots to recommend this shoestring picture, not the least of which is Baron's acting ability.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
With its finger-popping jazz score and beat-inspired interior monologue (in second person, no less), this might seem comical if it weren't so rooted in existential dread.
Over-eager, unsuccessful, but worth watching.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tells you everything you wanted to know about how a cautious professional hit man thinks and acts.
| Original Score: A