Sorcerer ★★★★★

An exciting,edge-of-the seat thriller directed by William Friedkin.It is the second adaptation of Georges Arnaud's 1950 novel.The plot depicts four outcasts from varied backgrounds meeting in a South American village,where they are assigned to transport cargoes of aged,poorly kept dynamite that is so unstable that it is "sweating" its dangerous basic ingredient,nytroglycerine.Criminally and unfairly maligned by critics when it was released,it remains an overlooked and unsung masterpiece.It obstinately motors along on its unpredictable speed,features ambitious sequences of insane white knuckle tension.A probing descent into the psyche of an archetypal character driven insane by circumstance.The suspension bridge crossing scene is one of the most elaborately filmed suspense sequences in cinema history,an overwhelming amount of camera set-ups is responsible in creating "an excruciating level of tension ",such dedication to the art of movie making is palpable throughout the whole film.The opening vignettes are an innovation for that period.Friedkin wanted to show human behavior at its extremes,men in torment to complete a life-or death mission against all odds and discovering their own limits at the same time.It is one of the toughest and most relentless American films of all time.It is a rare case, the remake ( Friedkin disagree with that ) surpassing the original.