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Seconds Reviews

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½ March 31, 2014
WAY ahead of its time. Fantastic.
½ January 5, 2014
Paranoia fueled 1966 sci-fi starring Rock Hudson. Think "It's A Wonderful Life" meets "Jacob's Ladder" meets "Rosemary's Baby" done though a Twilight Zone prism.
December 29, 2013
New Criterion edition that's great.
December 18, 2013
"Seconds" es un extraño thriller que involucra a una organización muy particular que se dedica a simular muertes y proveer de nuevas identidades para sus clientes. Rock Hudson interpreta a un hombre que tarda en acoplarse a su nuevo rol como un artista en un entorno paradisíaco (la cirugía plástica fue todo un éxito porque, después de todo, fue transformado en Rock Hudson).
Dirigida por John Frankenheimer, "Seconds" es una fascinante propuesta sobre cambios de identidad. Muy recomendable.
½ December 13, 2013
Philosopsychological art movie masquerading as a Twilight Zone feature. The cameraman is a crazy genius. The story was always on the edge of really getting to me but for some reason it never really did. But imma watch it just for the shots in the future so maybe I'll get more outta the story then.
½ December 9, 2013
Despite Seconds' trippy storyline and slightly confusing moments, one has to acknowledge the outstanding performances and exceptional cinematography. The distortion on some of the shots was a really cool touch and ads to the disorientation that, coupled with the story, highlights the central theme of paranoia that this film explores so well. Though less commercial than its predecessor in Frankenheimer's paranoia trilogy The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds is just as impressive the only short comings of Seconds compared to The Manchurian Candidate is simply it was less easy to follow and less Angela Lansbury.
½ December 3, 2013
"We change sects." I suppose that as The Manchurian Candidate is a confused, petty-bourgeois view/fantasy of communist society, so Seconds is such a view/fantasy of capitalist society. Compare with the superior, self-consciously petty-bourgeois, self-critical Bigger Than Life.
½ November 21, 2013
There can be no denying that Frankenheimer's 1966 film has proven to be not only well-ahead of its time -- it is a true work of film art. Thanks in large part to the genius work of master cinematographer, James Wong Howe, Frankenheimer creates a seething cultural study that remains jarring, disturbing and absolutely unforgettable. It also features Rock Hudson's finest performance. This film is much more than a simple cult classic, it is an astute work of post-modern horror. A repeated viewing only presents more insight. While The Manchurian Candidate remains the director's most noted film, SECONDS is actually far more effective and intimate. This film has inspired more filmmakers than one could list -- the most obvious is David Fincher's THE GAME. But Fincher's film goes limp compared to this long ignored gem. Criterion has issued a 4K restoration of this movie that should not be missed. Brilliant.
November 16, 2013
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½ November 11, 2013
So god damn good. So god damn influential. So god damn seminal. So god damn good. Urghhhh this movieeeee
½ November 5, 2013
A brilliant film. Rock Hudson gives a wholly believable performance. Murray Hamilton gives a heart-wrenching performance in the single scene where he appears on camera, and I believe it is the most powerful moment in the film.
½ October 26, 2013
Clever intellectual nightmare of a suspenseful sci fi fantasy film with a moral. Outstanding cinematography.
September 12, 2013
a wonderful psychological thriller from frankenheimer. the cast is perfect and randolph and hudson are particularly brilliant. the film is beautifully shot by the legendary james wong howe. this is a mesmerizing tale which is gripping throughout. arthur's last night with his wife and the finale are two scenes i will never forget..........
½ August 26, 2013
Seconds is a thriller that begins slowly but gains interest quickly. The audience is thrown into a situation much like the character of Rock Hudson's character is. What takes place after this includes surreal and unsettling cinematography along with an interesting study of how someone's identity can be more than physical appearances as exemplified by the deep rooted feelings of character Tony Wilson. Hudson is great as the lead man and maintains a level believably that without could have rendered the film unintentionally humorous.

The camerawork is the highlight of the film as the it often uses subjective shots that follow eerily behind Wilson or from a 3rd person perspective that seems to be someone a few paces away, watching. This is ultimately effective in creating paranoia which echoes that of Hudson's character. Seconds does deserve a second viewing and beyond.

What's most interesting in the film is the study of Hudson's character as he forgoes extensive surgery and procedures in order to escape his old life to live a new, "improved" life. This inevitably proves to be something other than an ideal fantasy made reality. The story remains to be more of a character study on relationships and identity as opposed to being a purely thriller based story.
½ August 18, 2013
watching this movie, I had to wonder if David Lynch was influenced by John Frankenheimer. Rock Hudson is phenomenal. great movie - a hidden gem!
August 18, 2013
Amazing. Great concept. Really sinister. Rock Hudson at his best.
April 7, 2013
Though the film has aged, the topic of Frankenheimer's classic delve into identity keeps it alive and well.
½ December 19, 2012
A sci-fi thriller that was way ahead of its time. Shot in b&w, it has the haunting visual style that perfectly matches the mood. The cinematography, directing, and acting are top notch, and the story is thought-provoking. It's a shame this movie is so little known.
½ November 14, 2012
For sure this is something different....
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