A truly great premise for a movie, let down by some ham acting at each end. The film-noir device makes for a terrible opening; the police sub-plot is irrelevant and the ending would have been better if it had left us all guessing. But the mid-section redeems the entire film. If you'd have quit while you were ahead. M. Bablauni, you could have had a real masterpiece on your hands.
Hadn't seen this since it was first released. On a second viewing it still works well as critique of structural inequality in society; but whilst the tension is inevitably reduced the nagging sense that the virtuoso central section is let down by insufficient attention to the gamblers and the wider context remains.
What a dark, brooding, sombre film this is. Shot in black and white, (no pun intended) was perfect for the mood. Even with the picture used for the film, the premise was still a shocker to me. And as it becomes clearer, all the more harrowing. Perfect for a wet Saturday afternoon.
An exercize. Competent enough to generate some minor interest, but forgettable because it's empty. Early mix of awkward cuts, preposterous setups & melodramatic music hinted at a self-conscious parody of noir. Yay! But the film then abandons that style and takes itself seriously -- without introducing meaningful elements worth such an approach.
Un scénario tranchant et direct comme une balle traçante, entre esthétisme formel et viduité conceptuel, qui balance entre véritable création artistique et bluff médiatique à connotation hautement commerciale. Une séquelle du film est prévue pour 2008. C'est tout dire... www.cinefiches.com
3-4. Simple, crisp, and rides the power of its script's brevity. I'm open to the idea that this one might miss out on some meaning by the more minimal nature of its content, but that it's about telling via action means it is what cinema should be about. And every shot is tightly composed, and visually busy, in spite of its abject minimalism, giving it the best of both worlds, in a sense. It's a Hell of a movie.
film that goes fast, distressing, thanks to the ability with which the director inserts the protagonist in an absurd situation. Quick rhythm, fast editing, white/black flattening and moving away - everything contributes to create the atmosphere of a nightmare. Recommended!