A sly satire about delusional people thinking they can plan for everything, The Killing marked the beginning of Stanley Kubrick being Stanley Kubrick; fitting that he would admit the folly of such an endeavor given his own famously obsessive ways. The compositions here are superb, but not as elaborate as they would become in his later films. He goes handheld at several moments, something he later shied away from until he had access to Steadicams. But his persistent themes remain intact: Kubrick loved to show desperate people talk themselves into believing their own brilliance, then meticulously show how they are wrong.
Not an ounce of fat here. Damn you, Stanley.
This film holds significance for me since it is the last Stanley Kubrick film I had yet to see.
Killer's Kiss was a big step up from Fear and Desire, and now The Killing is a big step up from Killer's Kiss. This is more like the Kubrick I know and love. It's clear early one that Kubrick has really come into his own as a director. The filmmaking is very professional and while some may chalk this up to…
In a taut 85 minutes, Stanley Kubrick manages to tell the story of a perfectly planned, complex heist several times, from the perspective of each of the people involved, across cleverly intersecting timelines. It's impressive and enjoyable, even if the voiceover that ties everything together is a little overbearing.
My favourite scenes were the ones where Sterling Hayden's ringleader heads off to recruit muscle (from a wrestler who hangs out at a chess club) and guns (from…
This classic film noir is one of Stanley Kubrick's lesser-known works but it is a taught, atmospheric thriller that stands among the best in both the film noir and heist genres. Hailed by some critics at the time as the new Orson Welles, Kubrick probably fulfilled much of that promise with this and his next film, Paths of Glory. The Killing has it all ... great photography and sound, credible and fully-fleshed characters, an effective narrator guiding you through the…
Performances : 7.3/10
Story : 8.8/10
Production : 8.6/10
Overall : 8.23/10
"Johnny, you've got to run!"
"What's the difference?"
These closing lines to Stanley Kubrick's The Killing sum up this gritty, ugly, wonderfully ironic and woefully bleak Noir. Kubrick hadn't quite developed into what he would eventually become, but at this point in his career he's painfully close. There are flashes at every turn and for that reason alone it makes watching this extremely enjoyable.
The score is simple…
Gotta be looking at one of the first movies with non linear events I think. Definitely some sort of inspiration for some contemporary heist movies as Reservoir Dogs, Ocean's Eleven or even Pulp Fiction. Thought it has got the correct portion of everything. Must see.
Weirdly just sorta ok.
And ya gotta hate that ending.
A heist film and not the best.
Perhaps I need to see it again...
not brilliant, but not terrible either. sort of stock noire with some nice nonlinear moments.
My face at the ending was a look to behold.
The movie that started the rest