Killer's Kiss

Killer's Kiss ★★★

Stanley Kubrick’s second film is a slight improvement over Fear and Desire. His filmmaking is more refined and he seems more confident with editing. The trouble is this story is so derivative of other better noirs that it rather plods along until the studio-forced happy ending, only energized occasionally by Kubrick’s directional touches, like conveying a backstory during a ballet, and a breathless chase that morphs into a quite intense fight scene near the end.

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