Friday, December 24, 2010

The Killers

I believe because of my interest in criminology, my appreciation for film noirs would soon follow.

Insurance investigator Jim Reardon (Edmond O'Brien) tries to uncover the case of Ole "Swede" Andersen (Burt Lancaster), a gas station attendant who was murdered by two professional killers. Reardon finds out that Swede had a shady past and his ex-girlfriend Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner) comes into question.

The Killers is best known now for containing Lancaster's film debut. It also contains Gardner's breakthrough role. Upon seeing it, it becomes very clear how their careers skyrocketed after The Killers. It's one of those rare noirs that has aged perfectly. It still has an edge even after sixty-four years of being in the public eye. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end where you finally get answers for this twisting mystery.

My Rating: *****

1 comment:

  1. It is terrific film with intriguing story. The film is based on one of the only pieces of writing Ernest Hemingway wrote that I actually liked, a short story in which a man in a diner overhears two hit men talking about a murder.


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