Sorcerer

Sorcerer

An old friend of mine recommended The Wages of Fear to me, and I remember just being haunted by that film. Wanting to watch it again but also terrified by it, I knew I wouldn’t for a long time… and I didn’t.
Hearing there was an American remake perplexed me, and despite Frienkin’s track record of being a strong director, I definitely did not expect this film to hold a candle to the original.
This film is a different beast, both for good and bad reasons. The first hour is an intense but ultimately distraction fuelled set up to the main event- and knowing what that main event was enough to keep me going. I don’t know if that long build is really worth it. Wages threw you into desperation, this one wants you to invest in the drivers.
The bridge sequence in this film however is one of the all time visual masterpieces that just takes a hold of you and refuses to let you go. I felt like my own heartbeat was too loud.
The wages of fear is superior but there’s no doubting it- these two films are exercises in tension and fear. Wages is more grimy, sorcerer is more tragically beautiful with colour.
Watch both.

How much, and how far, would you go for stability?

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