The Parallax View Reviews
The suspense is in finding out how exposing a corrupt, murderous organization can be a tricky fat cats vs. mouse game of getting the truth out, but who can you trust? Oddly, you are captured more by the story than by Warren Beatty, but he's solid here.
Great paranoid thriller.
The image of a car crashing into a grocery store and landing on shopping carts was the point that this Hollywood picture crashed into my ordinary world as a kid, and began to feed my need for celluloid adventures.
The thrill still holds up today, if you allow for the 70s fashions and hair.
Best on the big screen, and loses some of its grandeur on smaller screens, but still a solid pic.
4.5 out of 5
What The Parallax View was amazing at doing was creating tension. Through musical cues and the shadowy look of many scenes, they kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the film. I was concerned for the protagonist throughout the film and jumped at least once in surprise. In fact very little of the movie was predictable. The plot was complex enough that it kept me guessing, but also was explained very succinctly without large chunks of exposition, which was nice. The visual construction of this movie was perfect. They did an excellent job of using darkness to create an uncomfortable atmosphere, and also to highlight certain things that are under a spotlight in that dark. There is a lot to like in this film, and for a long time I was thinking it might be a winner for me. My biggest complaint is the ending, and I'm going to try not spoiling it, but it didn't work for me. While I saw how it fit in the context of the story they were presenting, it was totally unsatisfying for me. It didn't deliver what I wanted and left me with more questions than answers. I'd still recommend The Parallax View for that intense atmosphere and amazing cinematography, it is a very solid film even if it didn't totally meet my expectations.
In this R-rated conspiracy thriller, an ambitious reporter (Warren Beatty) uncovers a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines while investigating a senator's assassination.
Stuck between Klute and All the President's Men in director Alan J. Pakula's 'Paranoia Trilogy,' The Parallex View didn't fare as well come awards time (Jane Fonda bagged an Oscar for her performance in the former and he himself won Best Director for the latter) but the film is every bit as stylish. Framing modern marvels (Seattle's Space Needle! Pong!) and backwater dives with the same eye, Pakula presents a sprawling puzzler that never feels too far reaching for its hyper realistic, cynical post-Watergate grasp. Long takes allow the ambitious script some room to breathe. In hiring cinematographer Gordon Willis, however, he spun a golden straw man story into cinematic gold...almost, at least. The lived-in newspaper offices, wood paneled taverns, and spare motel rooms all get bathed in low light by a shadowy canopy that brilliantly heightens the worrisome tension. And then, there's Warren Beatty. At this point in his career, he has already proven himself time (Splendor in the Grass) and time (Bonnie and Clyde) and time again (McCabe and Mrs. Miller), he had already proven himself a top shelf actor with a gift for making anti-heroes sympathetic, but here, he hit a new low. Playing a recovering alcoholic reporter who wings his investigative application, this superstar daringly makes for an awesome political pawn.
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