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Deathtrap, like many intricate stage thrillers, reveals its artifice on the screen but remains crackling good fun.
The film is marvelous claptrap, a skillfully wrought -- indeed, over-wrought -- piece of preposterous escapist entertainment.
Deathtrap seems an unusually skillful and satisfying example of devious entertainment. It offers as much double-crossing amusement as one can reasonably expect from a theatrical murder mystery.
It would be criminal to reveal how the plot unfolds, other than to say it's impressive dramatic origami, manipulated deftly by an ideal cast and one of Hollywood's all-time top directors. [Blu-ray]
Apesar do desfecho decepcionante, sobrevive graças às boas reviravoltas, à direção intrigante de Lumet e às formidáveis atuações de Caine e Reeve.
Witty thriller, particularly of interest to writers
Deathtrap is a literate, swiftly paced and engrossing screen adaptation of Ira Levin's Broadway smash.
Offbeat parlor mystery that still holds up pretty well.
What eventually shines through, is how clever and manipulative the script is.
Whoever stars in this banana peel of a whodunnit is only second banana to this script-about-a-script opus, meant to jerk you about like an amusement park ride. The stars are present merely to be targets and frequently look about wondering how much more time they have before the script kills them off. Cute.
A good thriller, Caine is great in these kinds of movies. I wouldn't have thought of casting Reeve, though, but he's not bad, and played his character well. A few of the plot twists are a little predictable if you watch a lot of thrillers, but the ending is very surprising. This movie is a lot of fun, and I recommend watching it.
Not as great as I remembered it but I think that's due to the fact this is about crazy plot twists that came back to me while watching it. Still its a well made thriller/comedy with a great (gay) performance from Reeve, a delightfully unhinged Caine and superb direction and camera work from Lumet...even if it was full screen.
I dont know whether this was good or not it was differnatly different in the way it was written and executed but it was weird and with some jumpy bits so maybe you'll like it maybe not its a bit like marmite!!
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