Act of Violence (1949)


act of violence“You don’t know what made him the way he is – I do!” – Frank Ensley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Oct 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A former US Army POW is stalked by one of his former men who believes that he is responsible for numerous allied murders at the camp.

My Take on it – This movie has such an interesting premise, but perhaps due to its proximity to the war itself or perhaps to the kind of thrillers that were made in the 1940’s it just isn’t as good as it potentially could be.

I think that it a young director would take a fresh look at the idea now, they could potentially make an amazing thriller that would be embraced by all of those of us who enjoy taut thrillers that also add a bit of politics in it.

The acting here is pretty good with Van Heflin and Robert Ryan doing excellent jobs here.

Bottom Line – A mediocre thriller that if remade today would have the potential for being done so much better. Solid acting by Robert Ryan and Van Heflin.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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