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Super Reviewer
½ February 11, 2016
Being a relatively straightforward crime thriller makes it somewhat unique in the Kubrick filmography, and it's still one of the best movies in the genre.
January 30, 2016
One of the best "HEIST" thriller from the master "Kubrick" .
January 7, 2016
Stanley Kubrick's first full length feature film is one of the best heist movies there is, plenty of subsequent filmmakers have drawn inspiration from this film...good acting, great setup, and classic Kubrick shots make this a must see for any cinephile.
January 2, 2016
A brilliantly crafted and wonderfully entertaining film, The Killing stands amongst director Stanley Kubrick's best films. Though lacking the glitz and glamour of his later work, it shows his trademark ability to, well, make great films. A more down-to-earth film, it is brilliantly directed and written and also very well acted. The plan is lays out is very interesting to follow and watch take place and really wraps you up, especially when you see how it all turns out. Overall, The Killing is a fantastic time that may be 60 years old, but goes to show that great films never truly age.
½ December 18, 2015
A stylish early effort from Kubrick, it brings to mind those classic police/heist movies of early Hollywood like 'G Men' and you can see how it influenced modern day films like 'Reservoir Dogs'. It's a really interesting entry in his back catalogue and well worth a Sunday afternoon viewing.
November 18, 2015
Short and sweet, this film's final act has you nervously trembling at the edge of your chair.
September 6, 2015
A must watch for noir buffs.
Super Reviewer
September 2, 2015
A decent film noir and an interesting early work by Kubrick. One that is forgotten for good reason - it is passable but not terribly memorable. One can see Kubrick just pumping this out.
½ August 30, 2015
Once upon a time, before Stanley Kubrick entered the final stages of his career and subsequently emerged as a god and master of his medium, he made a name for himself riding the coattails of France's New Wave heist flicks and made The Killing. Lean, mean and economical to a fault, The Killing gets lost in the shuffle of Kubrick's career landmarks, but the man wielded impressive influence even for an overlooked 80-minute heist flick, with its non-linear narrative influencing the likes of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kubrick's work here is no-frills and elegantly straightforward: Sterling Hayden leads a group of high-profile criminals in the heist of a lifetime; an incredibly intricate robbery of a horse track with cash value of $2 million. No twists and turns, just good old-fashioned theft at the racetrack. The film revels in the gray morality of the characters' good intentions and the tension as the plan begins to unfold. Crime pays, at least until it doesn't.
August 26, 2015
Brilliant crime-noir, smooth as clockwork.
August 19, 2015
You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else - the perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident.
August 8, 2015
After two films that have been forgotten as the decades pass by, Stanley Kubrick meet producer James B Harris and the duo managed to create a film that would represent the beginning of a legend and one of the most influential films of all time: "The Killing".
Johnny Clay is a veteran criminal who plans to make one last heist before retiring and marrying, he plans to steal two million dollars from a horsetrack with the help of some minor criminals.
Most lovers of the seventh art consider "Paths of Glory" the beginning of the masterful Stanley Kubrick as we know, but I have to disagree with that statement. For me, that honor goes to this underrated heist film. "The Killing" counts with solid performances with the highlights being Sterling Hayden as a charismatic criminal, the camera movements are impeccable, the use of music is excellent, a solid screenplay, an innovating (for the time being) use of fracture storytelling, memorable characters (the ones we get two know), a suspenseful vibe, the built up is so masterfully done that you will be leaning to the screen as the film progresses, powerful and sometimes poetic dialog that provide an extra amount of power to certain scenes; the pacing is adequately fast, and an appropriate and extremely memorable ending. The big issue this film has is its narration. Sure, it helped the 50´s audience to understand the innovative time fracture storytelling but it s not a hard film to follow so it is pretty unnecessary and takes away any ambiguity.
"The Killing" is a film that despite the fact it is a product of the 1950´s, it has everything that's need to endure the test of time. It is undeniably the first masterpiece made by Stanley Kubrick and one of the best heist films ever put to film. It is astonishing how quickly Kubrick learned the art of filmmaking.
½ August 7, 2015
This movie is a proof that you don't need a hug budget, not a big production company to make a good movie. Stanley Kubrick has done an amazing job by creating this masterpiece with such a small amount of money.
The dialogues in this movie is such an amazing and so is the acting, which are the two main things you need to take care when creating a movie and both are really well done here. Plus the story line is authentic and well put together. This movie apparently surprised a lot of other movies of it's time.
August 6, 2015
Lá nos anos 50 Kubrick já inovava em modos de contar uma história - e aqui ele faz um dos primeiros exemplos de uma narrativa não-linear de forma brilhante e influenciando gerações de cineastas e roteiristas.
July 7, 2015
Great classic heist movie. Sterling is very good as the main protaganist and the movie is put together very well. Not like any classic Ive seen before. Some of the plot is a bit paper thing but overall its a good classic. Watch it.
July 1, 2015
Maravillosa joya cinematográfica.
½ July 1, 2015
It's definitely a masterpiece, but still too "logical" (not "emotional" enough) for me.
June 22, 2015
Great story, great directing, great ending. But, the acting was pretty poor. A lot of the dialogue was cheesy. But, the ending was very suspenseful and it provided great closure to a complex plot.
½ June 17, 2015
This crime drama, Kubrick's third feature, is far more even and polished than his previous two, it may feel less original and has much less of the director's personal style, but crucially that doesn't affect its effectiveness; it's a much better play on Hitchcockian themes than Killer's Kiss and the way the tense third act builds slowly to the titular 'perfect crime' is elegant and powerful.
½ May 27, 2015
The Killing is classic film noir which is not just Kubrick's first sign of greatness but among his very best. Well-paced with good character development and top-notch suspense throughout as well as subtle humor. The Killing delivers which is among the best film noir/thrillers of all time.
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