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.
A beautifully executed dystopian thriller, fully embedded with identity and metaphysics philosophical concepts. At times kafkesque, Seconds rises up to the expectation I had about it, given the fact that I am a big Kafka fan. I recommend it for the dark philosophy and for the camera work, which is superb. Weak points: editing and continuity.