Loved everything about this, from the odd camera angles and weird, distorted cinematography to the strange and unsettling music. Plays out like an extended and excellent episode of the Twilight Zone but with deeper psychological overtones. Rock Hudson's acting is excellent too.
SECONDS is a quite underrated movie from director John Frankenheimer. This movie looks like came from THE TWILIGHT ZONE series. So I came up with a thought that SECONDS is the best episode that Rod Serling never made. A compliment to Rock Hudson. Because he played against his usual type. His scream in the end is beyond frightening. James Wong Howe's cinematography is f*cking amazing. It's a great movie!
7.1/10, my review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3gr "For what it is worth, SECONDS is erring on the side of the cautionary-tale tantalization to mire its protagonist in the venal corporation whereas ostensibly astute alternatives are conveniently on tap elsewhere."
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.
It was an interesting, eerie experience to see such shattering of a fantasy. The way the story is shown is irrepreensible. While the first half of the movie and its last portion were delightful, I felt that some of the scenes after the "intervention" lost their way. Nevertheless, this was really good - but could have been brighter.
D'une puissante noirceur autophage qui secrète et alimente sa propre pérennité, l'existence de cette société parallèle avec ses propres structures hiérarchiques et ses codes particuliers d'existence et de maintenance, plonge le film dans un maelstrom d'interrogations paranoïaques, voire liberticides qui ravit et perturbe durablement. www.cinefiches.com
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.
Regardless of what coworkers thought of working with him, Frankenheimer did succeed in producing some excellent films, of which this is one. I've never enjoyed Rock Hudson so much as I did in this film. Could easily have done without the bacchanal orgy scene, which took up too much time and could have been done in a much better, less obvious way.
A real hidden gem from the 1960's. Seconds concept of a mysterious company capable of creating second lives is a brilliant one that carries the film into an extended episode of the Twilight Zone. Stylishly shot to encapsulate a helpless paranoia of Rock Hudon's predicament. The middle is a warbling detour, but the sinister finale and inquisitive opening make this a brilliant piece of parable sci-fi.