The American dream in "Rebel..." and in real life today, is unfettered acquisition of objects and money, with no soul or character. That's what the kids are rebelling against. I wish more kids today would rebel against soulless America with its greed and avarice.
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Worthy of bearing Sam Peckinpah's legendary name.
The storyline is complex, though some call it convoluted. Either way, it makes you think. Some scenes do get a bit frustrating, and leave you wondering what is going on, but they always lead to satisfactory conclusions/explanations--"the ends justify the means."
The movie's action scenes often include repeated shots and odd camera angles, which make them seem almost surreal. I attribute this odd effect more to sloppy editing than I do ingenuity, but I think it's effective nonetheless.
In summation: The Osterman Weekend is an intelligent, competently-made thriller; not perfect by any means, but certainly undeserving of the negativity and neglect it's accumulated over the years.
James Dean...the son of Mr. Howell?? No wonder the boy had trouble respecting dear-old-dad. This movie broke down obstacles of teen life and laid them to waste. Natalie Wood, Dean and Sal Mineo....all tragically lost to us. A great part by future star, Dennis Hopper. This movie should not be missed...teen angst at it's best.
Reviewed by queenmango for Cool Hand Luke at 2009-07-21 13:35:23
Best movie of all time??? Maybe for some. Ive heard it before. My pick for the best movie of all time? No. BUT...a magnifisent movie that shows how heary breakingly good Paul Newman is at acting. Yes. He is good looking but even if he was the ugliest man on the face of the earth I would name him the best male actor on this film alone. He grips you dramatic bones.
Let me start this by saying, that I'm a huge fan of George Romero's zombie movies. In their day, they were clever morality plays about the current human condition. But, somewhere along the way, Romero decided to infuse more gore, violence, and action into his version of the undead (presumably to keep in touch with today's audiences?) and also succumbed to the same self-plagiarizing that plagued George Lucas throughout during the three Star Wars prequels. This movie isn't awful, but it isn?t nearly as good as it could have been. The acting and characters are fitting for a zombie film and the premise is exceptional, but the social commentary (the hallmark of these films) is just too heavy-handed (rich people die at the hands of working-class zombies) and clumsy. We get it! Greed is not good. Enough already! What played as biting social commentary in the 1980s now seems like a desperate grasp at former glory.