Kia's Review of Double Indemnity

  • 17 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity (1944)

    The pursuit of simple desires is derailed by the complex details that follow in this genre-defining piece of film noir. An insurance salesman is drawn in by a wealthy house wife into murdering her husband and collecting his accident policy "earnings" that he unknowingly applied to have. However, the investigations of the salesman's boss (Edward G. Robinson), cause the plot to thicken and take dramatic turns when he discovers the events had been premeditated and that the conspirators are right under his nose. Low-lighting techniques are put to great effect and the claustrophobic atmosphere and sets heighten the tension and suspense. Great acting on the part of Robinson makes for an entertaining performance that fully takes advantage of the dialogue and flesh out a strong supporting role. However unoriginal the plot may seem after dozens of these types of movies have been made, it embraces the concept with style and delicately wrought anxiety.

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