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October 15, 2014
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 12, 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 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.
July 1, 2009
I don't see any reason to watch this one.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ March 11, 2009
Minor crime caper. In his last Warners movie Bogart is excellent as always but the film is average in all other aspects
December 30, 2008
I found the film to be somewhat dull and offered nothing all that special. Humphry Bogart does a good job here and just acts like he does in every other film he's done. Barely fresh.
½ June 16, 2008
Not bad but not one of Bogie's best.
TheSlowJoker
Super Reviewer
May 19, 2008
stumbled across it on tv today and i thought it was a great movie was really the movie i like to watch and the storyline was good aswell

geat performance by humphrey bogart and the other crew members
garyX
Super Reviewer
½ May 19, 2008
When a hoodlum staggers into a police station and confesses to the murder of his girlfriend, it sets in motion a chain of events which leads to D.A. Humphrey Bogart following a series of clues and bodies uncovering a group of ruthless contract killers. All the elements of film noir are in place, including gritty violence in darkened streets and tough, uncompromising characters. The structure is a little episodic, most of the story being told in flashback, and it would've benefited from giving more screen time to Bogie himself, but it's still a tautly directed and well shot minor classic of the detective genre.
½ November 5, 2007
7.5/10. Exceptional film noir, what a great cast, particularly the supporting roles. Zero Mostel stands out in an early role. Great photography and dialogue, taut direction, great pace.
August 16, 2007
Cannot remember this well enough.
½ April 18, 2007
brill...great actor....
January 21, 2007
wanna see it i cant wAIT LOL !!!
½ December 23, 2006
This film is a hidden gem for noir fans. Bogart plays the good guy, but the film never fails to hold interest with its mystery plot.
½ December 9, 2006
Pretty bad, pretty terrible, pretty horrible. Do I need to say anymore then that?
½ October 13, 2006
A movie that plays very lightly on the idea of Murder Inc. Though it is one of Bogart's darker movies it just doesn't have the same edge as High Sierra or Dark Passage. Its good to see Bogart as a detective for once, but unfortunately his character is pretty non-existent. Though it is a fairly good detective it doesn't possess enough captivating force to make it stand out against the other similar movies of its time. It could be better in the sense that all the plot consists of is Bogart tracking down recent gang members to testify against a ring leader in court. Its also a shame that Bogart relies a lot on his supporting cast and the good direction, often involving long scenes not including Bogart. The plot is less detection and more media res and has the same atmospheric quality and character deterioration similar to The Asphalt Jungle. This movie is a good example of Noir and does well as an introduction to the context period. It has its suspenseful moments and unlike some other wise guy movies hints towards strong violence. Worth watching.
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