22 July 2010
The Killing (1956)
Not a real husband. Not even a man. Just a bad joke without a punch line.
So basically: Johnny Clay just got out of prison and already has another job in mind: a risky race-track heist. He gathers up a group of men to assist him, all of whom fall into place to execute the job flawlessly. Things only start to go wrong when one of the men tells his wife about the plan and she and her boyfriend plan to steal the money.
Awesome. A Stanley Kubrick film that I like! You probably thought they didn't exist, eh? Anyway, not my top favourite of his films, but defs one of his better ones. Usually the criminals are smooth and get away with the heist - if they're the protagonists - but not this movie. They end up getting shot, massacred, and caught red-handed. The unwanted narration doesn't distract from the story, either, because it is easily ignorable and doesn't add anything to the understanding of the plot - in actuality, it's usually inaccurate anyway.
Yes, this movie deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of approval!