1947 / 116m - UK
Crime, Thriller
Odd Man Out poster


October 08, 2022


This is only my second Reed. And though it's been ages since I watched The Third Man, the atmospheric night scenes are instantly recognizable. It's a shame the runtime, the basic plot, and the endless dialogues get in the way of a moody thriller, then again those are the tropes of the genre, so they come with the territory.

Johnny is an IRA leader who is wounded during a robbery. The authorities are on to him and they close down the city. Johnny has to hide, but he can't stay long in one place, as the police are vigilantly combing down the city. Meanwhile, his girlfriend goes looking for him after she hears Johnny is still around.

The acting is pretty poor, the plot isn't all that interesting and two hours is simply too long for a film like this. The contrast-heavy black-and-white cinematography is pleasant though, which at least kept me interested throughout. It just wasn't enough to turn this isn't a pleasant experience.