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Odd Man Out Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 1, 2016
Despite the disclaimer in the opening scene, this really is a political thriller. The movie is very clearly exploring how people pick sides in violent ideological conflicts and ultimately finds it all to be pointless as most of the characters choose based on entirely selfish and pragmatic reasons.
½ June 8, 2016
A few too many assumptions were made about the audience's knowledge of this Irish social uprising for me to get fully engulfed here. However, the conversation it has about faith, money, and societal position is powerfully relatable. On top of that, the beautiful yet simple black-and-white imagery makes it one of the most gorgeous noirs I've ever seen. The way the weather and the character's feelings simultaneously turn from warmly personal to bitterly cold is the definition of skillful filmmaking.
½ March 18, 2016
Picaresque film that ebbs and flows. Well-made but at times ebbs for too long. Strangely, Mason though central to the plot does not occupy the screen. It is those around him the film concentrates on. F.J. McCormick steals the show as Shell and Robert Newton also as an artist wanting to catch the look of death on canvas.
September 1, 2015
Part noir, part psychological thriller. Expressive chiaroscuro illuminates and darkens this physical and spiritual journey to the depths of a divided city and a divided soul
Super Reviewer
July 25, 2015
The cinematography is remarkable...sadly the story isn't. Best enjoyed on mute.
July 1, 2015
James Mason gives a career-defining performance as Johnny McQueen, a wounded IRA leader on the run after a botched mill robbery. A masterpiece from Carol Reed.
July 1, 2015
Amazing cinematography.
June 24, 2015
I've been watching the classic film noirs one by one lately & this is one of my fav's so far. It's not just a young James Mason that stands out but the various characters he meets during his night of hell, good, bad, insane or hilarious he stumbles on them all. A gem from Ireland.
May 6, 2015
While way ahead of its time and beautifully restored by the folks at Criterion, I just could not become engaged with it.
½ May 3, 2015
Capturing the Belfast society post WWII, with the noir-ish thriller-like Reed adaption. Predecessor of his grand work "The Third Man", much assemblance.
½ April 25, 2015
This was my first time watching this film-noir masterpiece starring James Mason and directed by Carol Reed who made "The Third Man". The cinematography is outstanding, truly amazing. The film also has a good story, and is an exciting watch. Highly recommended!
April 5, 2015
A wounded terrorist walks the city at night trying to get some help, but no one is helping him because of fear of getting in trouble with either police or his fellow terrorists.
April 2, 2015
Starring James Mason, Kathleen Ryan and Robert Newton. After a botched bank robbery, IRA leader Mason spends a lonely night on the run from police, seeking refuge in empty air raid shelters and getting unwanted aid from two nurses. This film is unrelentingly dark and shadowy, a triumph of post-war British filmmaking which makes extensive use of location filming in Belfast. Directed by Carol Reed.
March 24, 2015
James Mason
Carol Reed directed one of his best
Supporting cast great
Dan Oherlihy, William Hartnell
Film noirish
Dramatic music heightened the sense of foreboding
Ending scene by the cenetary in the snow; reportedlt tined down b/c too violent
First person thru mMason's eyes
December 3, 2014
A vivid portrait of human nature with a saddening yet beautiful ending. Carol Reed is indeed the master when it comes to the use of shadow on screen.
September 3, 2014
Best Film Noire ever. I can watch this movie over and over again the cast is that good. amazing Atmosphere!
November 3, 2013
this movie is amazing !
October 4, 2013
Why more movies directed by Carol Reed aren't available including this one is beyond me. Excellent film maker. Somebody please make more of this director's movies available.
June 8, 2013
What at first appears a classic 50s cops and robbers film ends up being a morality play about the worth of a human life. Set amidst the backdrop of an "occupied" Belfast, Johnnie McQueen, (James Mason) spends much of the film running from the "Police" whilst those who could help him debate the worth and wisdom of doing. Helping him has a cost benefit, on the one hand getting in good with the IRA and on the other the risks of being arrested by the police. In the end the value of his life becomes not even his worth to the IRA cause but a trade off balancing the reward money, the risk versus what other benefit their may be, The drunk wants money, the priest wants to comfort this soul (for Jesus and the Holy Church) and the failed med student wants to show the world his skill. Even the mad artist wants him to live only so he can paint the living soul in his dying body. Whilst we barrack for him to escape with his beautiful Kathleen, the only person who seems to love Johnny for hmself, the morality of the time could not possible contemplate a murderer and a terrorist escaping British "Justice."
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