April 8, 2009

Out of the Past

Title: Out of the Past
Year: 1947
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Writer: Daniel Mainwaring, based on his novel
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Music: Roy Webb
Distinctions: formerly on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a former P.I. in hiding gets found by his enemies
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), June 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for concept, dialog, pacing and subjective rating) c. 2.3/4 (Okay).

It's entertaining enough. The dialog's extremely corny, but in a good way. The story's kind of a convoluted mess - which it should be for the genre, but they couldn't write themselves out of it at the end, which kind of defeats the purpose.

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