• joeld

    ★★★½ Added by joeld

    Film #25 Scavenger Hunt November
    Task #9 Film Where Character or Characters Goes Into An Airport

    There are few movies that I like voice-over narration in, but I thought it did a great job in this movie. There are quite a few characters and most of them get a backstory, but it never seems over the top or confusing. I think my favorite scene was the airport scene which made me glad I was using it for the scavenger…


  • Zach Anderson

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Zach Anderson 25 Nov, 2015

    The Killing's voice-over, although delivered in an ill-suited and theatrical voice, effortlessly guides viewers through the film's non-linear structure. This odd narration feels incredibly stiff, even including exact times ("he arrived at exactly 8:45"). Still, while the film's final act benefits from the sidelining of such an intrusive technique, this methodical device matches the film's airtight procedural foundation. Such careful attention to process and procedure stands alongside the masterful crime films of Michael Mann or Jean-Pierre Melville.

    Thematic precision is…


  • JennyM

    ★★★★ Added by JennyM

    Not bad for a young soon to be legendary filmmaker. Bravo Kubrick! I liked fay the best


  • Garrett Irwin

    ★★★★½ Added by Garrett Irwin

    A real mind-bender, with Kubrick dropping traditional time structures and adding matter-of-fact voiceover to help chronicle the story of a failed racetrack heist. All of this, plus the typical 40's/50's noir elements, and you have "The Killing", one of the best and earliest examples of non-linear filmmaking. Who knew that people like Quentin Tarantino were influenced by this very movie??


  • Flovv

    ★★★½ Watched by Flovv 17 Nov, 2015

    Included In Lists:
    Criterion Collection

    “You'd be killing a horse - that's not first degree murder, in fact it's not murder at all, in fact I don't know what it is.”

    The Killing is extremely intelligent and ahead of its time in just about every detail of the robbery. It isn't only about how Kubrick manipulated time, but how he built the film up to the disastrous ending. The dialogue is great, but where you really see the Kubrick touch is in the actual filming of the movie. This is the first film where we really see how Kubrick would approach the filming of his movies.


  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Charchuk 04 Dec, 2007

    Among Kubrick films, it's an improvement over his rather generic start, but it's still not up to the heights of his later work. The story is rather terrific, marred only by the imposing and heavy-handed narration, as the non-linear plot and multiple characters make the overall film that much more thrilling. The small dramatic asides simply add to the tragic, fatalist ending, which is really the only way this film could end. It's not deep or meaningful, but it's very entertaining and a solid heist flick.


  • lgauge

    ★★★ Watched by lgauge 14 Nov, 2015

    The first half or so is pretty bone dry. The narration is kind of annoying and the characters frankly aren't very compelling. Luckily it picks up a bit in the second half, with the detailed construction and execution of the plan being laid out. Also, the ending is pretty hilarious, the scene involving the suit case falling off the trolley being a highlight (and is a pretty good shot in its own right). Besides a certain (in this case somewhat…


  • Joey Lopes

    ★★★★ Watched by Joey Lopes 11 Nov, 2015

    Why's this movie called The Killing? It's totally irrelevant but I just looked up the title to log it and thought huh... does this title make sense? Do they mean, like, making a killing, potentially at the track? I dunno.

    Really cool movie though, with an unbelievably satisfying conclusion.


  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Njabs Phungula 10 Nov, 2015

    My brother's car was stolen a few nights ago (but thankfully located the following morning) and, of course, it upset me deeply. That sort of thing does make you see things differently when you're watching a crime film and you're expected to root for the actual criminals.
    Still, I don't like the poodle. Or it's owner.


  • Alex

    ★★★★ Watched by Alex 07 Nov, 2015

    Stanley Kubrick is one of the greatest filmmakers that has ever worked in the medium; with The Killing he crafts a terrific, highly entertaining and well acted picture in the neo noir style. Kubrick crafts a solid film with this one, and it would be among his first great works. The Killing moves at a fast pace and the cast deliver some great performances. Kubrick would deliver a film that would showcase his talents and he would only continue his…


  • Greg Richmer

    ★★★★ Watched by Greg Richmer 05 Nov, 2015

    One of the greatest heist movies I've ever seen. Kubrick takes a run-of-the-mill crime picture and turns it into something brilliant. Very few endings will hit you in the guy quite like that. This film also gives you a good idea of what Christopher Nolan was going for with that opening scene from The Dark Knight.

    I really liked the characters and their interactions with one another. Even if you don't remember their names by the end of the movie,…


  • DoctorSmocter

    ★★★★ Watched by DoctorSmocter 16 May, 2013

    I'm surprised this isn't a bigger cult classic.