Secret Agent Reviews
Surprisingly as it turns out, this film is pretty bad. It's bland, dull, but worst of all boring. Gielgud looks bored and uninterested, Lorre feels out of place, and the plot (three agents join up to take out an undercover spy, but things get complicated when two of them suffer crises of conscience) should be awesome, but I just couldn't get involved or care about it. On top of that, the poicture and sound quality are both really pretty bad at times.
I know that not everything Hitch did was good (at least), but this is just alarmingly terrible. It's as if while making this he had overdosed on apathy pills and stopped trying.
The big train crash climax isn't great, mostly because of the silly and bad effects, but it at least got my attention since it was something happening, instead of lots of nothing taking place.
Even if you're a Hitch diehard, just spare yourself a mess and skip this.
The British accents in this film are thick so dialogue was difficult at times to understand but the story flowed quite well.
The way the murders where unravelled was clever and praise must go to Hitchcock for the variety of interesting locations he choose for the murders to take place ie Swedish Chocolate Factory.
This is no masterpiece but really showcases his talent and you get to see Peter Lorre in quite an odd role indeed.
A fantastic and some what thrilling early masterpiece from the Great Hitchcock .9/10