Le Samouraï

Le Samouraï ★★★

"I never talk to a man with a gun."

Jean-Pierre Melville's film is a document on late-60s urban cool and a love letter to Paris with a very good leading man performance by Alain Delon and just enough espionage action to keep us interested.

While the movie had some exciting cat-and-mouse action toward the end of the movie, the film overall left me a bit cold. The middle part of the movie drags somewhat as the police jockey for position and line up its chase. The lack of dialogue in this movie made me focus on the actors' actions much more and the light score was nice but left the chase sequences a bit lacking in excitement, for me.

The look and feel of the movie is interesting and even though many elements are very dated, it still felt like a cool urban landscape to explore. The shots of the Paris streets look great. Overall, the movie lacked a bit of excitement for a film about a hitman being chased by police.

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