On Dangerous Ground

On Dangerous Ground ★★

Two sketchily conceived B-movies in one, starting as an urban policier and then abruptly turning into a rural manhunt. Neither segment is particularly inspiring but director Nicholas Ray does have a penchant for occasionally inserting intensely unsettling sequences—Robert Ryan’s brutal plea to his victim as he extracts a confession; the almost frightening way a shot of Ida Lupino’s face is withheld during her introduction; and the creepy way the killer’s face is obscured by camera angles when he is finally revealed. These moments alone aren't nearly enough to balance out the slackness of the plot, but they're worth at least something.

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