On honeymoon with his new bride, a Mexican-born policeman agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In doing so, he incurs the wrath of local police chief, a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record.
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What a masterclass in directing! Every shot is uniquely stylized, wonderfully composed and meticulously planned, the blocking is near-perfect and the pacing relentless, all coalescing into a mesmerizing, almost hypnotic experience.
The cinematography, lighting, soundtrack, dialogue, and Welles were perfection. The supporting characters and plot left something to be desired. Everything that is noir is here yet it falls short of masterpieces like The Third Man and Double Indemnity.
Tour de force film noir. Stellar performances from the entire cast, the camera movements, the cutting, the dour storyline. Everything in this film pretty much works. Good, smart potboiler with intelligent nods to politics and racism.
There's ammunition available for any number of ideological blunderbusses here, including Quindlen's theory of justice by strongman intuition -- his, it is independently verified, was always right, remember. Is evil treatable homeopathically? I'll leave that alone for now and just say that, my God, here is a film that lurks there, hulking, looming, brooding right over you. And there it stands now, not going anywhere.