Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Parallax View

The Parallax View is a fairly memorable paranoid thriller form the seventies that benefits well from Alan J. Pakula's direction which keeps an ominous quality to every frame. In addition it has one of Warren Beatty's better performance at the center as a reporter trying to figure it all out. The film has some great sequences in there creating the right eeriness to the proceedings as though the whole world is hiding something. The first forty minutes or so are outstanding. Unfortunately though this is one where the more the plot develops the less interesting it becomes. The secrets uncovered a pretty standard, and then it requires Beatty's character to make some stupid decisions when really his guard guard should be at its highest. It in no way ruins the film, but this one simply does not build to something truly special.

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