The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

A cracking thriller. Takes it's time to get going: we get plenty of time to get to know the characters (venal and stupid, the lot of them) and the setting (a dead-end sinkhole a bit like the setting of Wake in Fear) before we embark on the road trip that takes up the rest of the movie, and a long, deadly-dangerous, and event-filled journey it is.

The ways the personalities and relationships shift under the pressure of constant fear is fascinating, and the way we feel about these scumbags is always evolving too. Musically, there's sleazy merriment in the first act, nothing but sweaty silence in the main part.

Easily my favourite of the last few days.

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