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October 26, 2015
a classic crime film noir movie with excellent acting and noir lighting and cinematography.
October 14, 2014
Solid crime drama. Bogart is his usual badass self, even in a suit.
½ September 30, 2013
Humphrey Bogart is the stand out as an Assistant District Attorney seeking to bring a professional hitman to trial in this good but not great crime drama.
½ August 13, 2013
A standard Film Noir. It has the classic mood and feel. This one tries to play as reenactment of true events through flashbacks. It plays to the stereotypes that we would see for example in Dick Tracy. It is one step up from the Dick Tracy films, though not by much. Bogart is in the film only half the time as it takes turns following the narrative from the perspective of law enforcement officials and the criminal underground. The split attention prevents it from gaining any depth to the narrative. Bogart plays an assistant district attorney on the eve of sending a criminal kingpin to jail at a court trial. His key witness gets the jitters and dies senselessly as he tries to escape from police protection. Bogart faces the possibility of letting the criminal Al Mendoza free, but decides to revisit the evidence to find the needle in the haystack that he needs. The film plays very strict and standard with little substance and sub par acting from the underground characters. The acting from the underground characters comes off as stiff and forced. If you enjoy film noirs and can put up with hammy acting, this can still be a fun picture to watch. As a lover of film noir, I do consider this an enjoyable mindless viewing, but it might not be the case for many.
½ November 26, 2012
vivid noirish thriller!
½ October 14, 2012
"Burn that tent you're wearin' and get yourself a suit!"
½ July 24, 2012
With its shocking and spellbinding twists, this classic noir movie gives yet another fantastic performance by Humphrey Bogart. With his indisputable style, he created another great portrayal of a man on the crossroads. The suspense builds up with every minute, as the number of dead bodies begins to rise. The plot is really engaging and well-developed.
August 25, 2011
Even though "The Enforcer" isn't even close to being Humphrey Bogart's best movie, it's still a solid, watchable film noir that is pretty darn entertaining. Attorney Martin Ferguson (Bogart) finally has the chance to nab a crime ring he's been hunting down for four years, since he has a key witness. But because not other crime dramas start out this way, the witness days, and Ferguson is unfortunately back to square one. Since he's left with nothing, Ferguson tries to retrace his steps to see who the leader was. No, "The Enforcer" isn't that exciting, and no, "The Enforcer" isn't something different from Bogie's usual vehicles, but for an original movie, this is pretty good! The story is told in flashbacks, or even flashbacks in a flashback, and though it sounds confusing, it turns what could be a boring story into one with lots of juice. The flashbacks either come from a central, good character, or even to one of the bad guys, which gives us a three dimensional look on the plot. The acting in this is good, the plot is decent, and the action might be limited, but "The Enforcer" is a film noir that doesn't steal too many ideas from other movies.
½ August 13, 2011
A noir whose innovations/new ideas don't hold up, and the story itself is too hokey.
July 25, 2011
Pretty cool Bogie flick.
June 8, 2011
a structurally interesting noir - circular story filled with flashbacks. not a lot of action per se but entertaining in a sort of historical way - apparently people weren't familiar with the terms "contract" or "hit", at least the expository nature of some of the scenes in this film leads me to believe this. the story focuses of a D.A. (bogart) trying to take down a murder for hire racket and the lengths the killers in the racket go to snuff out potential witnesses.
January 9, 2011
A solid crime thriller with Bogart doing a good job as always.
August 15, 2010
I found this to be entirely average... although the semi-noir feel of it elevates it over later Bogart films... I did find it interesting how it had to "introduce" the concept of contract killing
March 7, 2010
Bogart, the rest of the cast, and the stylistic cinematography elevate this above the normal police procedural. All kinds of familiar faces play hoods and cops in this story of murder for hire. The plot has a few fun twists and there is occasional thrilling action to spice things up. I wouldn't put this up there as one of Bogart's best (partially because he's not in it all that much), but it is a good flick and well worth checking out.
½ February 28, 2010
This was Humphrey Bogart's last film for Warner Brother's but it has a cheap quality about it, almost as if it was a 1950's equivalent of a made-for-TV movie. It's an episodic, fairly substandard film noir.
½ January 3, 2010
An average crime noir based on the business of contract killing represented by Murder, Inc. Bogart's acting is great as always, the film is fast-paced and exhibits some good noir cinematography, but otherwise this film is very average.
December 20, 2009
acabo de verla muy bueno por cierto
November 26, 2009
Yet another brilliant performance from Humphrey Bogart. I love how this movie was but together. The style was brilliant!
September 28, 2009
A not-very-original crime drama noir, with Bogie as a detective trying to bring down a ring of hit men. Besides the flashbacks-within-flashbacks, the most interesting thing about it that it was apparently made at a time before "contract" and "hit" became part of the common lexicon. Either that or the writer just underestimated his audience. They treat the very idea of a hit man as a shocking new concept. Overall, the film is entertaining with a few excellent shots, if not terribly fresh.
½ September 20, 2009
An interesting noir with Bogart.
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