Men brawl amidst flames in this tremendous, sinewy noir, but the real story lies in Trevor’s doleful inner struggle. Shivering behind a veil, her profile set against the heavy ticking of a clock, she listens to her beloved babbling about new beginnings while her rival is being tortured somewhere — a tangle of desire and guilt pointing the way to the redemptive inferno. In Mann’s city, the “breath of fresh air” the antiheroes long for is really their last.
Fernando F. Croce
January 06, 2014