Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Sabotage



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 05/27/2015


TITLE: Sabotage


FORMAT: VHS


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 19 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 17.9 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1800.7 miles


SYNOPSIS: The London police try and solve a sabotage plot against the citizens of Britain in 1937.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Combating terrorism in pre-World War II London.  


PROS AND CONS: Well, it is Hitchcock.  So right off the bat, it has to be a film worth watching.  This is an interesting film, since the early work of Hitchcock always gives and interesting insight into his later works after he made the transition to Hollywood.


The acting in this film is mediocre, but this is counterbalanced by the writing and the dialog of the characters and how each one has their secrets and agenda.  The most fascinating thing to me while watching films of this genre is the period look of the work.  Much of the film was shot on location in 1937 London.  The city has a feel of a small town, with strict rules of protocol and behavior, where authoritarianism was standard and individuality was kept at a very low key.  


The plot got a bit on the strange side near the end of the film.  The overall mood of the film appears to center around growing nationalism and militarism aimed at Germany (all the bad guys are obviously not British, but foreigners).



To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.