I love how the plot of the movie is actually razor-thin. The way it is propelled is at times very out of nowhere, but it kinda works. Really keeps the mystery alive, as well as echos the cold war paranoia. Other than that the noir / horror iconography is really on point, but never to the point of visual decadence. A great classic that deserves to be seen.
In the opening scenes with Leachman, the great dialogue and mystery ignite the mystery of Kiss Me Deadly. Yet, the overcomplicated plot soon proves to bog the pace and tone down this noir to be not as gripping, suspenseful, and encroaching as others of its type. However, when Aldrich's direction is getting creative, like his use of angles, it's memorable. Good thematic use of a MacGuffin, as well.
A standard-setting, vertiginous, razzle-frazzle labyrinth, this crackerjack gumshoe schattenspiel, shot in a semi-imaginary, now utterly lost Bunker Hill and shot through with all the transfixins up to and including nuclear frisson, dares to ask the question: "Everyone everywhere is so involved in the fruitless search for what?" Va va voom, and how.