Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula, 1974)

****
USA



A Watergate-era conspiracy thriller with an identity crisis. It's torn between the prestige of a grim social conscience and the release of being able to break into a bar brawl or a car chase when things slow down. Individual sequences are more impressive than the whole, the plot doesn't add up in retrospect and it's ultimately difficult to take the film as seriously as you're asked to take it. But it's stylish, vaguely disconcerting fun while it's on.

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