Fascinating for its sympathetic portrayal of "men on the inside" & simultaneous condemnation of their use of force to affect change. The climactic clash between prisoners & guards destroys both groups & melodramatically illustrates the futility of violence. It's a noir morality tale that contains more Lost Generation anguish than the hopeful striving of Brokaw's Greatest. Compelling despite its oversimplifying.
Bien écrit, bien interprété, bien photographié ; un bon film hollywoodien de l'époque, assez courageux dans sa vision du monde carcéral, débarrassé de la culpabilité des prisonniers pour les rendre plus humains que leurs gardiens, procédé classique mais efficace. L'accusation de manichéisme vient sans doute de là, même si je crois que les hommes pervers trouvent le pouvoir qui leur correspond : Munsey est réaliste.
As far as prison movies go, this is a benchmark. "Brute Force" is an extremely gritty film, far from a Hollywood depiction or a feelgood movie. You can actually feel the tension building between the walls almost to the point of being uncomfortable. The black and white cinematography was also great and helped convey the darkness of the events depicted.
Gritty and grim, just how I like my noir. Not the most interesting Dassin, but even as average it's still good. Then again, the flashbacks weren't necessary, they were like from a different movie. There would have been other ways to make the characters more humane, but now the melodrama of the prisoners' backgrounds and the sick lady felt like compromises. The brutal uprising was executed well, though.