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Alive and kicking



1949 / 83m - USA
Crime, Thriller
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Another noir. I've been exploring the genre for a while now and I've come to a point where it has become pretty hard to distinguish one from another. That's no doubt due to the fact that I don't really care for most of them and that too many rigid genre elements make for very similar films.

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On a short vacation to San Fransisco, accountant Frank Bigelow is administered a lethal poison. They tell him he only has 24 hours to live, but Bigelow is clueless about who is behind this scheme and what their goal is. He doesn't have much time, so he launches his investigation right away.

Endless conversations, a minimum of action, and some crummy fight scenes. Also men in raincoats and hats, possibly against rainy backdrops. If only a more serious attempt was made to make the presentation stylish, the characters somewhat interesting, or the plot entertaining, but alas. It's just basic genre fare.