Thursday, October 6, 2011

DETOUR (1945)

'Fate or some mysterious force can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.'

One may probably find the name of the film in many critics’ Best Noir films top ten list and it deserves that place too. Perhaps this is the shortest noir film I’ve ever seen with length of one hour seven minutes running time; needless to say it’s crispy and gripping one.

When everyone was making noirs with heavily paid stars and actors backed up by big studio and producer, Director Edgar Ulmer made a unique low budget noir pushed by pulp fiction plot, quite unknown actors all set in a car and road. For the most part of the film we see the car and what’s happening as trap and consequences inside as well as outside it. The first half an hour of the film and there’s moment of jolt when a strange dame joins the car headed to LA. The protagonist is a piano player cum hitchhiker who is in a fix confronting two strangers in ride and their accidental deaths that put him as prime suspect of murders. It would be a big spoiler if I reveal anything further about its plot. Watch it to check its cult status in noir films.

Ratings- 7.5/10 

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