• Ethan Rosenberg

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ethan Rosenberg 22 Apr, 2015

    That this is an under-seen gem in Kubrick's very widely-viewed filmography can only be a testament to his greatness, and perhaps stumbling upon it late* into a relationship with said filmography is the best way to view it. Anomalous for him stylistically because it is a noir and it is messier (read: grittier) than his other films, it nevertheless fits perfectly in his oeuvre in that it tackles the one theme he would return to time and time again: emotions…


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  • Nexkez6

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Nexkez6 17 Apr, 2015

    A non linear narrative helps build the tension in Stanley Kubrick's noir heist thriller. Kubrick picked his cast well, certainly better than Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) picked his crew. Hayden is excellent as the outfits cool under pressure ring leader. Standout performance has to go to Elisha Cook Jr as George trying to be something he isn't and impress his manipulative, cheating wife (the femme fatale of the piece) Sherry (Marie Windsor).
    Filmed today it would have likely used place…


  • dogeric25

    ★★★★ Added by dogeric25

    Stylish and gritty. I appreciate the narration voiceover, as well as the interesting cast of characters. A lot of development done in a very short amount of time. Solid film, short and enjoyable


  • thecabelguy

    ★★★★½ Watched by thecabelguy 13 Apr, 2015 1

    The best and most interesting piece of work by Stanley Kubrick. And that is saying a LOT. Featuring unprecedented violence of its time, a plot chock-full of characters with depth, and a twisting story to boot, The Killing set and raised the bar for non-linear storytelling with a violent burst. And IT'S ONLY 85 MINUTES! That's how you make a film, folks!


  • dellamore

    ★★★★½ Watched by dellamore 12 Apr, 2015

    Awesome noir-film with a good cinematography and thrilling story that keeps you under tension the whole time. Characters are well written, you actually care for them. Out of all Sterling really stands out with his cool planning, cold look and miserable failure in the end. Kubrick's direction is really top notch, after 2 rather weak films he finally got it all right. Perfect and dynamic script with no useless scenes make it a real delight to watch. For me, one…


  • Michael Thompson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Michael Thompson 11 Apr, 2015

    I fell very quickly in love with The Killing. It is as tense as anything I've ever seen and the stress and worry I felt throughout are indescribable. The writing is fantastic, save the narration, and every single character was fleshed out and felt some kind of real. The non-linear narrative was tremendously effective and very ahead of its time. The score, while not really notable after the fact, really helped build the mood and tension and you really noticed…


  • Seanery

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Seanery 10 Apr, 2015

    Kubrick's third feature is a lean, tightly paced heist film that features solid camerawork and the kind of fractured narrative that was rare for the time. Too bad about the voice over narration, but I guess audiences needed that sort of thing back then.


  • Jon Baum

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jon Baum 05 Apr, 2015



  • Declan

    ★★★★ Added by Declan

    A splendid heist movie in which Sterling Hayden and his associates plan the robbery of a racetrack. The satisfying plot details are revealed in non-linear fashion and described by a dispassionate narrator in newsreel fashion which cuts through unnecessary exposition and gives a documentary-style feel to the film. Kubrick matches this presentation with tight and controlled camera moves which ratchet up the tension and demonstrate the directorial talent which would become even more evident in his later films. The characters are perhaps thinly drawn, but this is still an engaging and enjoyable film


  • Kikuchisawa

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Kikuchisawa 23 Mar, 2015

    Second viewing, this film is dark, intriguing, and goes by really fast, with a runtime of less than an hour and a half. Great film!


  • Jack Dignan

    ★★★★ Watched by Jack Dignan 23 Mar, 2015

    A stylish, suspenseful and wholly entertaining film noir. Not Kubrick's best, but it's certainly a taste for what's to come.