Fear and Desire ★★

We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Futures.
Stanley Kubrick's first feature is a troubled debut that even with an intriguing start, quickly becomes unfocused despite its short runtime.
It's a strange experience to see one of the world's most influential directors create what is essentially a student film - Kubrick himself hated the film and tried his best to wipe it from existence, which he almost did. It's nowhere near as bad as he saw it, but the plot is just too thin even and the characters aren't fleshed out or interesting enough to carry it.
A tad on the pretentious side, with some questionable acting this amateur start to Kubrick's career attempts to be something that it's not and ultimately feels tedious.

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