An assassin’s last assignment leaves him under the surveillance of the police. He seeks out revenge on the shadowy businessman who hired him and must stay one step ahead of the police. He makes a decision that brings about surprising results.
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Cinematography by Henri Decaë. "Desire" list. Although the actor who more often chose, in fact many of his films belong in all fairness and property in a choice of this kind by the immense beauty of this man, who, I reiterate, it is also a wonderful actor, a combination not very common genius and way, eros and thanatos.
A beautiful assassination thriller that's probably more revered among auteurs than any other film in the genre. A clear source of inspiration for John Woo and Luc Besson's crime films, Tarantino and Michael Mann's earlier work, the "Hitman" videogames, and so much more - and yet it's still a perfect little gem of a film in its own right. Holds up extremely well.
I was very hyped around this film, having heard only good things about it. But when I finally had the time to see it, it seemed like a total waste of time. A lot of big mistakes in the plot and characters, flat acting in Delons character and uninteresting and long shots that have no purpose, neither to the story nor the imagery. Sad to say it but 2/5
Boring. This guy's supposed to be this samurai-like assassin who never makes mistakes, but within the film's first 20 minutes, he kills someone and leaves behind 6 witnesses and is arrested overnight. Not very slick, now, is he?
Uneven crime drama from director Jean-Pierre Melville. Very slow paced, weighted down by lengthy sequences of mundane details - long, slow takes of characters walking down hallways or getting into cars, etc.- that do not really add much to the simplistic and predictable story. There are a handful of compelling moments, but overall underwhelming considering its reputation as a hallmark of the genre.