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Critic Reviews for Five
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For all of his budgetary limitations, it's a strikingly atmospheric and handsome film and [Arch] Oboler creates an eerie sense isolation with simple techniques.
... more allegorical than realistic, full of debates on morality and responsibility (and) an eerie sense isolation.
The 'Martini Movies' series release of obscure older films finally brought Five to the world of DVD in 2008 %u2013 and without a whole lot of gussying up.
Interesting in many ways, like its director (Arch Oboler), Five falls short of really hitting home.
Audience Reviews for Five
Touches on a lot of subjects that most 50s flicks wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole... or would've sanitized like Lysol was buy one, get one half off. Gotta give Five some credit. It shows some hutzpah in dealing with themes of race, sex, life and death.
Although it's called five, I cannot give it a 5. This apocalypse film is not only depressing, it's boring too. There's no music for the most part, the actors don't know what to do with themselves, nothing really happens, and it doesn't even end. At least it succeeds in depressing the audience.
74/100. This is the very first film to deal with a nuclear war aftermath and it's quite good, in spite of the low budget. Fine acting, no one stands out though. It is a little slow in the midsection, but it really is quite a remarkable film to tackle such a morbid and depressing subject, it wasn't that common in that era. Director Arch Oboler had quite a vision. Certainly ahead of it's time.
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