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Great idea but only a good film (contains spoilers),
This review is from: The Killers (Region 2)(Danish Import) (DVD)
The original Killers (1946) is a classic noir but the remake is not as good it has great idea: to follow the story from the two hitmen's point of view as they follow the money trail but gets a bit lost in the execution of the story. Two hitmen (Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager) arrive at a blind home to kill one of the teachers, Johnny North, played by John Cassavetes but one of the hitmen is surprised that Johnny does not run he accepts his death. Also the hitman knows that Johnny had committed a large heist. They decide to follow the money trail and get it for themselves- what follows is a lot of long flashbacks about the Johnny North from different people about a racetrack and a heist. All these components make for a very good thriller but the film has few faults that stop it from being really good, for example the flashbacks are too long and dull where nothing much happens just a love story involving a woman called Sheila Farr (Angie Dickinson); while the two hitmen are given little screen time and the focus is on Johnny North, secondly after the heist we find out Angie Dickson's character betrays Johnny it is a completely unbelievable twist as the film spends a long time showing that the love between them is genuine and it seems so; unlike the original Killers (1946) where you know the minute Burt Lancaster's character gets involved with Ava Gardner's femme fatale his fate is sealed, it is completely unexpected with the way their romance is handled in the remake. Finally the hitman's reason for wanting to find out what happened are unsatisfactory and laughable, "it's not just about the money I also want to know why he didn't run" I mean come on! which sort of hitman even cares if his target runs or not? The Killers is not without its merits: the stylish and gripping opening, the heist scene, the well directed ending and the catchy theme song. Worth watching but no classic and nowhere near as good as the brilliant Point Blank (1967) released three years later and starring both Lee Marvin and Angie Dickinson.