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a classic crime film noir movie with excellent acting and noir lighting and cinematography.
Solid crime drama. Bogart is his usual badass self, even in a suit.
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.
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.
vivid noirish thriller!
"Burn that tent you're wearin' and get yourself a suit!"
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.
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.
A noir whose innovations/new ideas don't hold up, and the story itself is too hokey.
Pretty cool Bogie flick.