The Manchurian Candidate
- John Frankenheimer
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Monday, July 15, 2002
This political/psychological thriller is probably the strangest film I have ever seen in my life, in the sense that it has a very intricate plot, full of surprises, shocks and unbearable manipulation of the mind—while playing straightforward and taking itself too seriously. The result is an excellent film of suspense that is a nail-biter for different reasons. It is hard to explain, but the experience is certainly irresistible.
Harvey plays wooden, but good; Sinatra is in top form as the haunted man; but Angela Lansbury simply steals the show in a role that doesn’t seem like her.
The problem I had with the film was the way some things seemed to be out of place or completely unnecessary. Gorgeous Janet Leigh, for instance, is completely wasted in a role that doesn’t need to be there. And why was that plot twist revealed before time?
However, all these flaws are compensated by the striking direction of Frankenheimer and a unique score by David Amram. And what about that dream sequence? I couldn’t believe my darn eyes!
All in all, you’ll never see a Queen of Diamonds the same way.
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