A lean flick that starts off as a typical detective tale but it gets murkier and better as it goes. It doesn't quite go full noir, but those last few minutes are just delicious. Ida Lupino is, as always, terrific in front of the camera and behind the typewriter and Seigel doesn't waste a single frame of film.
I love this movie unabashedly. This has everything: over the top machismo, homoerotic overtones, a cute sidekick who does more than just mince while the hero does his business, quotable quips, zealous use of weaponry, and Arnold Schwarzenegger carrying a goddamn oak tree. It succeeds at everything it tries to do and excels at many of them.