Forced Movies 2017 #12 – The Wages of Fear (1953)

“When I was a kid, I used to see men go off on this kind of jobs… and not come back. When they did, they were wrecks. Their hair had turned white and their hands were shaking like palsy! You don’t know what fear is. But you’ll see. It’s catching, it’s catching like small pox! And once you get it, it’s for life! So long, boys, and good luck. ” – Dick

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Four working class men are hired to transport dangerous explosives across a South American terrain where any wrong move could make the explosives detonate.

My Take on it – As many of you know, I am far from being a fan of Foreign Language films and was a bit surprised that Jay chose 3.. yes 3!!!! Foreign language films for me to watch as his reward.

But fair is fair and since these were the films he chose, I indeed watched them despite the difficulties. 🙂

This film is actually my favorite of all 14 that I watched for this “series” and I know without a doubt that I wouldn’t have seen it had Jay not “forced” me to do so.

I loved the way that this film takes a simple premise and makes it so gripping, tense and thrilling because we know that at any given moment anything can happen to the characters.

We are constantly concerned about the characters as we slowly begin to get to know them as the script develops them bit by bit through their journey.

This constantly raises the stakes since as we get to know them, we begin to care more for them and feel as if we have too much invested for them not to make it out alive.

This makes things more tense while watching and every single movement makes us cringe as the story moves along.

We begin to also learn what is important to each of them which in turn makes us care even more about what will happen to them.

The obstacles they encounter along the way gradually get tougher and tougher and each time we feel more fear as to what will happen all the while anticipating an explosion out of nowhere to occur.

The diversity of the characters was great and each had unique traits which were able to both aid and deter them as they moved along this dangerous journey.

They are able to easily convey to us their own fears along the way yet we see how they continue on and persevere despite it all in order to get their pay upon completion of the task which will allow them to get far away from this lifestyle that they no on longer wish to continue to lead.

So I guess I owe Jay a HUGE thanks for getting me to watch this film!

Bottom Line – Loved this film because it takes a relatively simple premise and makes it so thrilling and exciting to watch.  The fact that the situation is so volatile, we are constantly concerned as to what will happen as we slowly get to know and understand each of the main characters and learn what is important to them in life.  The situations that they encounter continue to escalate as time goes on and we are easily glued to our seats anticipating the potential explosions that may or may not occur at any given point.  I really liked the diversity of the characters and how each of them have unique traits about them that both aid and deter them as they journey onward.  We feel the fear each of them has as they also don’t know what will happen but persevere in order to receive the large financial reward upon completion of their task. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the first film to win both the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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15 thoughts on “Forced Movies 2017 #12 – The Wages of Fear (1953)

  1. And now that you’ve watched Wages of Fear – you should take a look at William Friedkin’s remake – “SORCERER” – which is quite good as well.

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