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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Seconds (1966)

Starring Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Frances Reid, Jeff Corey
Directed by John Frankenheimer
(actor & director credits courtesy

A middle-aged man feeling unfulfilled in his life is offered the opportunity to start again as a completely new person by a mysterious agency.

This film offers an intriguing sci-fi spin on the concept of the mid-life crisis and those men who try to begin again by abandoning their former lives, although for me it fell short on delivering all it could have.  Although Hudson is good in the lead, and James Wong Howe's innovative cinematography makes the film fascinating to watch, there's no sense of excitement in conveying the idea of beginning again, and though director Frankenheimer would become known for the gripping suspense of his films, there's not much here, with some late breaking plot twists not coming as much of a surprise.

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