Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jigsaw (1949)

This is a great little crime film that is readily had in the bargain bins for a couple of bucks. This is a perfect example of why you need to search out the bins for lost treasures.

A printer "commits suicide", though we in the audience know its murder, not long after a story appears in the paper about how he was printing material for a hate organization. But it isn't just a hate organization but it may actually be a cover for a corrupt money making scheme. In the wake of the "suicide" the writer of the newspaper story continues to chase after his leads; while his friend, an assistant DA, tries to figure out if it really was murder or suicide. When the reporter ends up dead ( another "suicide") all bets are off and the DA begins to pursue the death of his friend. He quickly finds that the murder angle looking more likely when he gets a visit from a man looking to do him harm.

This one blindsided me in that I thought it was going to be an average crime story that I could put on and drift off to sleep, unfortunately for me its an above average little thriller that kept me awake when I was trying to fall asleep. I was ready for sleepy time and instead I had to fight to stay awake to follow some of the twists and turns of the story. An added bonus was the fact that the film appears to have been filmed in and around New York, so the locations make it all feel even more real.

Granted its not the best film ever to wander down the pike,. but it is a solidly good one that's worth the effort to see.

Worth looking for.

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