Killer's Kiss ★★★

A boxer at the end of his career rescues a dancehall girl from her violent and obsessive man she works for and they are soon involved in a series of intrigues in which chance plays an important role. Killer's Kiss is a work with all the elements of film noir where Stanley Kubrick is still in search of his voice as a filmmaker. The script is its weakness and, curiously, this is Kubrick's only original screenplay. Moreover, the story is inconsistent and predictable, the first part is rather tedious, there is a series of unnecessary flashbacks, and a score at times feels invasive. The film is just too simple and it manages to overcome its flaws thanks to the final act and the visual elements that were always a strength on the part of the director.

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