• Alex Hunter

    ★★★★★ Watched by Alex Hunter 26 Jul, 2014

    A complete whirlwind of action, comedy, and suspense. When it's funny, it's hilarious. When it thrills, you're on the edge of your seat. Such a joy that engages you for the entire duration, which is amazingly short given how much happens in this concise period.

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  • Klep

    ★★★★ Watched by Klep 23 Jul, 2014

    Similar to Paths of Glory, which I watched a week or so ago, The Killing is a briskly paced, strikingly efficient film. But where Paths is interested in exploring what makes men do what they do, The Killing dispenses with motives perfunctorily (for the most part) and gets right to the action.

    My understanding is that this is basically Kubrick's first mature feature. That being the case, it's remarkable how good he already is. Aided by snappy dialog and a…

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  • Francisco Rojas

    ★★★½ Added by Francisco Rojas

    The voice over almost ruins this film.

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  • Jeff Irvine

    ★★★ Watched by Jeff Irvine 08 Jul, 2014

    Well made crime thriller from early Kubrick. You can tell that he is a special director even at this early stage. I can see a lot of this film in Taratino's Reservoir Dogs, which he has admitted this film was an influence on. Good movie.

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  • Jason Wray

    ★★★★★ Watched by Jason Wray 23 Jul, 2014

    Fuckin' yappy dogs.

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  • Filmaholic

    ★★★★★ Added by Filmaholic

    One of the best films I have ever seen is The Killing. It can boast a great many things. It can proudly say that it is the best heist film ever made and that it is the creme dela creme of film noir. Out of all the films in my top ten favorites, The Killing is easily the most watchable and purely entertaining. It doesn't try to be much more than a crime picture. A crime picture written by the…

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  • ghoststark

    ★★★★ Watched by ghoststark 16 Jul, 2014

    A simple heist film, that hits all the beats necessary to make it an interesting and entertaining ride. This film rarely veered off the beaten path, and yet it did all of the basic things with an assured hand, and a clear sense of narrative momentum. Until we reach the final few scenes; that is where this film becomes the perfect preamble to Stanley Kubrick's eventual stylistic flourishes. The last 10 minutes or so, devolve into utter chaos, and the…

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  • TheZodiac

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by TheZodiac 14 Jul, 2014

    The Killing(Stanley Kubrick)

    Johnny Clay : Five years have taught me one thing if nothing else , If you take a chance, be sure the reward’s worth the risk, they can put you away just as fast for a ten-dollar heist as for a million

    Stanley Kubrick was a young 28 year old when the The Killing was released , having made two previous films before , Fear and Desire and Killers Kiss(not countng his three short films) , he…

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  • Chris Grosvenor

    ★★★ Rewatched by Chris Grosvenor 14 Jul, 2014

    Kubrick's early crime caper is a clear stepping stone towards the output of the master director he would become, but is far from perfect. Starring the grizzled Sterling Hayden as the leader behind an apparently fool-proof plan to rob a racecourse for over $2 million, The Killing is another cinematic showcase for the notion that the best laid plans often go awry.

    Elements of the film feel dated, most prominently the voice over narration which attempts to orientate the spectator…

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  •  Justin Purwitsky

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Justin Purwitsky 04 Apr, 2012

    This is the first movie in Kubrick's canon that showed how gifted a filmmaker he is. The first film he made with a budget and what a film it is. It's another noir-ish thriller but brimming with tension, originality and solid and exceptional directing.

    The Killing is a heist movie. A Very good heist movie. An above average heist movie. One of the best heist movies ever made. It's fast paced. It's energetic and it's enjoyable as hell.

    Kubrick's third…

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  • Zach Killebrew

    ★★★★ Watched by Zach Killebrew 08 Jul, 2014

    In what director Stanley Kubrick deemed his first mature feature, he crafts and intricate heist film. The job is to rob a horse track and it can only be a success if everyone involved completes their task the exact way planned. The intricacies of the heist are mirrored by Kubrick 's storytelling. He jumps back and forth in time instead of telling the story chronologically so necessary details are revealed in a more natural order instead of them feeling hastily…

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  • thestrelow

    Added by thestrelow

    "What's the difference?" asks a character in the climactic moments of The Killing, Stanley Kubrick's third feature film but first professional one. In the scope of his career, the difference was enormous: for the first time he was working with a solid story, an experienced cast, and a professional crew. The result is a breakthrough and a leap of significant proportions, as a talented and precocious amateur showed this first signs of true mastery.

    The story and script are possibly…

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