Country: United States
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby
RT score: 100%
Fritz Lang's The Big Heat, is probably among the greatest film noir I've seen, and I don't usually like this genre, but this is an exception. It's the story about the police detective Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) who just come a cross a murder, that looks like a suicide, but is in fact something bigger, according to a lover of the murdered, which ends up dead. Dave becomes more involved in this case than he should, because it might effect his love ones. But Dave is one of those who doesn't leave a case unsolved.
The Big Heat is a great film noir. The reason I think it's great is because it isn't as stylistic as the other noir films. Here there's is no glamour, every one has an average look. A killing is a horrible thing, not poetic in any ways, which this film is able to bring out perfectly. Glenn Ford gives us a pretty solid performance as the vengeful policeman, that won't rest until he track down the killers. In other words, Fritz Lang, the creator of the greatest thriller ever made M, has once again given us a great film that shocks us, thrills us, engages us and makes us ask questions, but the only problem I can think of is that some of the question that keeps bugging us becomes unanswered. But otherwise I loved every second of this movie.
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