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The Guns of Navarone

1961 / 158m - UK
Action, Adventure
The Guns of Navarone poster

A war film that plays like an adventure, albeit a very talkative one. I expected it to be worse, I'm not big on classic war cinema after all, but the film certainly has its moments. It's a shame they dragged it out to stretch beyond the 150-minute mark, that really brought down the overall quality.

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A group of six soldiers is sent on a suicide mission. Their job is to get rid of German canons stationed in Navarone. The canons are strategically significant and while they are active the Brits have no chance of getting the upper hand on the Germans. While nobody expects the men to succeed, they go above and beyond to complete their mission.

There are some great set pieces and the action scenes do get pretty tense. The characters are pretty drab though and there is way too much dialogue. The moral dilemmas aren't that interesting either, they just drag out the film even further. A slimmed down version would've been preferable, as it is now there were too many dead moments.

What a Way to Go!

1964 / 111m - USA
Comedy, Romance
What a Way to Go! poster

Cape Fear

1962 / 106m - USA
Crime, Thriller
Cape Fear poster

The problem with seeing more and more noirs, especially with most of them failing to make any kind of impression, is that they start to feel like parodies of what they are supposed to be. Cape Fear is a good example. What should be a tense and dark crime/thriller, is really just a tepid and spun-out revenge plot.

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When Max Cady is released from prison, he has just one thing on his mind: take revenge on Bowden, the lawyer who put him behind bars. He starts to stalk Bowden and his family, who calls on the police to protect himself. But as long as Cady doesn't pose a physical threat, there is nothing they can do.

It's a pretty simple setup, followed by a lot of dialogue and postponing the inevitable finale. I was a bit surprised to see the big finale on the boat wasn't even present in the original (the most iconic scene from Scorsese's remake), but truth be told, it wouldn't have made much of a difference. Pretty dull.