Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Lerner directs with a wary neutrality that leaves judgment aside; he lets the killer speak his piece, resulting in a few politicized surprises.
Edwards is strongly cast as the killer and provides a quiet menace which pays off in audience attention.
A terrific, no-nonsense B movie which comes on like something by Jean-Pierre Melville: cool, calm and dispassionate.
Neither the screenwriter (Ben Simcoe) nor the director (Irving Lerner) ever acquired a big reputation, but here they achieved something singular and nearly perfect.
Here's a real gem and total justification for the existence of the B-movie.
Cool is just the word for it: the emotional temperature is creepily low, everything chillingly understated.
Irving Lerner's direction is almost hypnotic as he matches the deliberation of his killer with meticulous direction...
Takes a shockingly low-key, detailed approach to the job of contract killer.
Limpid, compact low-budget ingenuity.
It's a brisk 80 minutes and definitely worth a peek.
They don't make noir films better than this.
a very entertaining 50s noir that somehow escaped my radar until yesterday. the banter of the supporting characters and the third man theme music made me smile. great existential vibe, better than blast of silence. and surely a template for le samouraï. oh those crazy, irrational, trouble-makin women...
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