Monday, March 01, 2004

On an antithesis of Oscar note: saw another amazing action/suspense movie over the weekend.

Wages of Fear

Was it the 'macho realism,' the stark clarity that is imparted by the black and white film and great camera work? Was it the scoring by Georges Auric? (Prolific film scorer and member of "Les Six")? Probably a mélange of all of the above. This film struck me like the great heist film 'Rafifi' did - balance between all out action and food for thought. Not at all bombastic despite the subject matter. The only thing that I didn't much care for was the ending - like they didn't know how to end it, so they relied on formula. Very unsatisfying. Aside from that, a darn good example of how a good action film could be made.

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