What's that? You wanted some extra misogyny, angel/whore symbolism, and inexplicable endings in your noir? Well, apparently we just needed one of the most acclaimed French filmmakers of all time to come give that to you.
Yeah, I didn't really get the appeal of this one. It does have some good setpieces - the abandoned boat wreck where Bennett randomly hangs out is pretty cool. And Robert Ryan and Joan Bennett are quite worth watching, but they suffer so heroically…
I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.
The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…
For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.