Sunday, June 12, 2011

#338: Kiss Me Deadly

1955, TSDPT Rank #302

Out of all the film noirs I've seen, this is the only one that has felt truly dangerous. It's violent, lurid, cryptic, intense, dark, and extremely rough around the edges. Not to mention apocalyptic. This is a film that truly needs to be seen to be believed, however, I will say one thing about it. It's not perfect, I won't give it a perfect rating (yet), and I think to claim it to be perfect might even diminish its raw, gritty power somewhat. But knowing that this jolting and crazy "whatsit" crawled out from the underbelly of the 1950s Hollywood system sends a pitch black bolt of joy rollicking straight into my soul.

(Rating: 9/10)

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