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Seconds Reviews

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September 20, 2014
Every shot of this film is incredible. From the Saul Bass created opening credit sequence, to the extreme close ups of John Randolph's sweat covered brow as he nervously paces through Grand Central Station. Well worth importing the Criterion Blu-ray if you haven't seen it.
August 15, 2014
A movie about desire, in the sense that Jacques Lacan would put it. A metaphor of the struggle between the drives toward Life and Death.
August 8, 2014
What if you could start a new life as a "reborn" by mean of a hidden Company that uses blackmail to get his clients and dispose (literally) of you if you fail in your new life as "reborn". How many times could you be reborn?
A tenebrous Sy Fy film, the opening with deformed faces is from anthology.
½ August 4, 2014
Deve ter sido por volta da sua metade que "Seconds" me deixou convencido de que estava a ver um sci-fi existencialista capaz de marcar a sua época e de estabelecer uma fórmula para ser aproveitada nas seguintes décadas (o que até aconteceu). Até aí todos os seus argumentos variavam entre o majestoso e o muito promissor: logo de início, os créditos do mestre Saul Bass efectuam a transição necessária para uma dimensão deformada e, durante a hora que se segue, estamos amarrados a uma história de um senhor de idade que, depois de ser desafiado por um amigo aparentemente morto, decide trocar o seu corpo por outro mais jovem. Mas nem tudo corre bem e é aí que se instala o desconforto. Posto isto, a variedade de recursos visuais que John Frankheimer explora para obter uma sensação de "prisão psicológica" é pouco menos que sinfónica e isso faz com que "Seconds", mesmo em momentos mais desinspirados, seja uma fabulosa experiência de suficiente valor psicadélico. Mas "Seconds", tal como o sucedâneo "The Matrix", falha na obtenção de um desfecho satisfatório para a grande questão dentro do canhão ("Queremos rejuvenescer, sim, mas estaremos dispostos a pagar o custo disso?"). É curioso que ambos os filmes recorram a excessivas cenas de orgia (ainda assim a de "Seconds" é muito melhor) quando se esgotam as respostas para uma equação difícil. Longe de ser um filme perfeito, "Seconds" merece mesmo assim ser visto nem que seja pelo avanço que representa na ficção-científica.
½ July 16, 2014
The premise is interesting, but the execution of it, not so much. I feel there's a better story in there, but the movie goes in a less interesting direction. Some interesting camera shots, though.
½ June 25, 2014
one of the best no $$$$ sci-fi tales right up with george lucas' 'thx1138'
½ June 13, 2014
This underrated John Frankenheimer thriller is remarkably creepy and features an assured performance from Rock Hudson as a man who discovers that adopting a brand new identity is not without its costs!
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
Ihan loistava elokuva, kummaa etten ollu aikasemmin kuullu tästä.
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.
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