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Dubious filler

Act of Violence

1948 / 82m - USA
Thriller, Crime
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Slightly above-average noir. It's not a complete game changer, but the premise is a tad more creative than most of its peers, and Zinnemann competently draws some tension from that. Genre cinema is always about the little details, and Act of Violence is another good example.

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After the war, veteran Enley returns home to live a quiet life in a small town. Things are finally going his way, until private Parkson turns up in Enley's town. He wants to confront Enley, who has been carrying a secret with him. Enley isn't just going to let Parkson overthrow his comfortable life though.

The black and white cinematography is decent, performances are sufficient, and the runtime is relatively short, which makes that the pacing is on point. It's certainly not a tense of thrilling film, but Enley's secret is properly exploited and the cat-and-mouse game between the two is nice enough to follow.

Plain forgettable

From Here to Eternity

1953 / 118m - USA
Drama, War
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A wartime drama that throws several famous actors together and hopes that's enough to keep people entertained. The characters aren't very nuanced and some bits (like the ending) felt really tacked on, but there were a couple of scenes where there seemed to be actual chemistry between the actors.

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When soldier Prewitt arrives at his base in Hawaii, his superiors are clear about the reason for his transfer. They want to see him taking part in their boxing team. Prewitt isn't interested and no matter how much his superiors try to push and blackmail him, he holds true to his principles.

The performances are decent enough, but the characters aren't very interesting, neither are their problems. The romance and explicit drama are forgettable, the personal conversations and interactions are a bit more compelling to follow. The ending's pretty bad though, I wish they'd stopped the film 20 minutes earlier. Not a great film.

Big nopes

The Day of the Jackal

1973 / 143m - UK
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A Man for All Seasons

1966 / 120m - UK
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A clear play adaptation, for which they only switched out the stage with some real settings and left it at that. If you care for the characters, the dialogue or the central moral conundrum that's probably not too big of an issue, if not then this is a dire, dull and lifeless production that lacks any kind of cinematic appeal.

Irritation overload

High Noon

1952 / 85m - USA
Western, Thriller
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