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Ace in the Hole

Posted by martinteller on May 31, 2008

Slightly (but just slightly) overrated, in my opinion.  I was bothered by the abrupt and unconvincing change in the character.  It’s funny… for most of the film, I was thinking that it was playing out rather predictably, but then when something happened that I didn’t expect, I thought it was too inconsistent.  So maybe I’m just being too finicky.  I’m not a huge Billy Wilder fan to begin with, and so far I haven’t seen anything that comes close to his masterpiece Double Indemnity.  But this one wasn’t too bad.  The cynicism is perhaps a little too over-the-top, but the construction is tight, there’s some witty banter, and Douglas gives a compelling performance.  That final shot is wonderful, too.  Rating: 7


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