Mysterious yet intriguing plot it has... what it feels like to start again but with a price to pay in the end... made the same time THE FACE OF ANOTHER was released. I could've expected more, but there were some pretty good moments it has (from the fantastic camerawork to the fine acting, for example). Yet about that ending, I wish I'd knew what happened next.
Exploring themes of identity & psychology within the framework of a shadowy corporate conspiracy, Frankenheimer creates a still potent masterpiece. Adorning its Twilight Zone-style narrative with experimental, even avant-garde filmmaking technique, Seconds is an indisputable masterwork of cinematic form. A film about alienation & displacement that feels analogous to the greatest work of Resnais, Oshima & Teshigahara.
Not, as FilmStruck would have it, an "existentialist" film--if anything, the nightmare in Frankenheimer's twitching, perspiring, aggressively twilit Sterling tribute is one of ineffaceable essences, not radical freedom--except perhaps with respect to everyone's favorite Sartrean formulation: Hell is other people. And the rub is that there may not be any other kind, within you or without you.
An absolute unsettling film. Frankenheimer rejects answers and only gives us some weird facts. The work with camera perspectives, deformations and contrasts is superb and produces a strong feeling of incertainty and fear.
This truly is an underrated gem. "Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland." Of course it would be fun to run away from your life and start anew. It's just one of those fantasies you get whether you feel rotten about your life or not. You struggle to create your identity in life, but you find that people around you have more power to define you than you might like. It would be nice to have a clean slate.
Packs a hell of a punch - probably the most disturbing ending of a movie I've ever seen. A great film about soul-crushing corporatism, identity and escapism. Layered and complex, the best episode of the Twilight Zone ever - not to understate its worth at all. Absolutely fantastic.
Another one for the Kick-In-The-Ass list! Admittedly, Seconds comes off like an extended Twilight Zone episode with an almost unbearable amount of style but that is by no stretch of the imagination a bad thing. Saul Bass' title sequence sets the unnerving tone that digs in early and keeps pushing until the final disturbing scene. Seconds is proof that Rock Hudson was more than just another pretty face.