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Ratings & Reviews

  1. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Un policía de seguridad busca su reivindicación y para ello se convierte en detective. Una historia que no tiene pausa. Hay varias pistas, algunos muertos, personas que dicen ser pero sabemos que no son lo que dicen. Es el impulso clásico del cine negro: lo que parecía ser un simple caso, comienza a hacerse más complejo. Un hilo termina generando una maraña de hechos. Una secuencia genial: el policía recapitulando.

  2. Metropolis_'s rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Noirs are always entertaining and worth watching, but this is too bearish... It's a conscious pastiche but not so funny and not so well made. But we can certainly excuse the Suzuki as this is his first movie.

  3. Terry_Moby's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    2.5 Pulp fiction - but it has good moments (the first five minutes and the last ten minutes are best). Stylish images and for the most part great (jazz) music, too.

  4. Wee Hunk's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Tamon is constantly putting himself in danger, but luckily the bad guys keep coming up with reasons not to shoot him directly. Instead they come up with elaborate plans to kill him, a la Batman, that he somehow wriggles out of. And of course there's the bad girl that he turns into a good girl. Good stuff.

  5. Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    After the gripping opening, it isn't entrancing. The mystery lacks a punch, and the tension isn't raised until your attention span has long faded. Even bad art must not make one bored long, it must have a vibrancy, akin to a writer that keeps you turning the pages. It not only has to be purposeful, but you want to keep watching. I didn't want to continue watching here, in one of Seijun Suzuki's worst.

  6. ejonline's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    This Suzuki movie does not seem to have much to do with his later work in the 60's like Tokyo Drifter or Branded To Kill. It comes across as a combination of a procedural and a light noir, with a bit more focus on the procedural aspect (especially the "one-last-job" trope on the part of the cop). It is competent and provides a sense of that period of time in Japanese society, but it is not particularly compelling.

  7. patchwork's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Noir di stampo classico, essenziale nella forma quanto incasinato negli sviluppi. Suzuki un po' si perde a livello tramico (tanto che spesso il protagonista fornisce riassunti della vicenda a mezzo di flashback o pensieri in voce off), ma sforna alcune belle scene, azzeccando soprattutto il finale ***1/2

  8. Alex Delarge's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Just got the Nikkatsu Noir set from Criterion and can't wait to watch this!

  9. Sunrise's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    While the narrative is (self-awareingly) convoluted, Suzuki emphasizes a story in which a man of public service, a suspended prison guard, sees how business dehumanizing interactions to rise above itself. The horrid casualties result in revelation for young Yuko, a woman that has inherited a position of management, that capitalism has an agenda into which she is not able to integrate, nor emotionally accept. Amazing.

  10. Erik Gregersen's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    One of Suzuki's pre-1963 "normal" movies, and yes it is a masterpiece. If this had made at Columbia Pictures at this time, it would have entered the canon.

  11. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Take Aim at the Police Van

    Early effort from director Seijun Suzuki may not be as stylish as his later work, but it's still a slick Japanese film noir. Suzuki's sharp eye for action and suspense, a compelling plot, and a great jazz score make for some solid pulp entertainment.