An outspoken political activist is brutally murdered in a mysterious and curios manner. As a relentless investigator researches the crime, witnesses turn up missing. As the case gets closer and closer to trial, the case begins falling apart. The investigator and judge will have a tough time getting to the bottom of the unfortunate events.
"That guy got rich selling one eye to an American."
Costa-Gavras, director of Missing, Amen, The Ax, Mad City, Eden Is West, Capital, The Confession, Womanlight, Family Council, and State of Siege, delivers Z. The storyline for this picture is interesting but a bit long and could have been paced better. The acting is solid and the courtroom setting and drama is well executed.
"Seven other witnesses died before the trial."
I recently came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to see it. This wasn't perfect or a must see, but I enjoyed following the story and how it unfolds. This is worth seeing once but is not an all time classic.
"Let them kill each other."
The film tells the true story about a Greek doctor's murder, leading to the overthrow of the Greek government. One of the most interesting facets about the movie is... it has no main character. It follows various different people, policemen, judges, witnesses, etc and the role they all play in the investigation.
Almost none of the characters' names (with a few exceptions) are mentioned. An odd little tidbit.
Costa-Gavras' directing is spot on. Not a second is wasted and the film is edited very well, adding to the tension that you can feel boiling just beneath the surface. The film moves at a rapid pace.
The music for the film, is perfect, and adds to an already fast paced and chaotic film. It's well worth looking into.