Seconds (1966)

“Isn’t it easier to go forward when you know you can’t go back? ” – Mr. Ruby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman is given the opportunity to start life anew with a new identity.

My Take on it – Amazing premise that works really well.

The idea that there is a n organization that is able to facilitate this kind of rebirth for the wealthy is quite intriguing to watch and it lays out the plan in such a meticulous way.

The film stars Rock Hudson as the newly reborn man who was once John Randolph and that is the most implausible part of this film because its hard to believe that even with extensive plastic surgery, even the most talented surgeon could make that kind of transformation.

The story is told from the perspective of the main character and it’s easy for the viewer to get an understanding as to why this kind of change could be so difficult on a person, especially given the fact that they must cut off all ties with their previous life.

The story gives a great philosophical look at this kind of possibility yet by the end, it isn’t quite clear whether anyone would choose such a change if they knew the full requirements.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In order to shoot in Grand Central Station without attracting too much attention, Frankenheimer hired a male model and a Playboy bunny to make-out on the stairs while being filmed by a fake crew. This distraction allowed the real crew to shoot with a camera in a suitcase. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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