Heist is a genre which over years has proven to be one of the most loved genres. From the primitive movies like ‘The Asphalt Junction’ to the recently released ‘Ocean’s 8’, heist movies have always drawn the crowd to the theatres. Other great movies like the ‘Oceans Eleven’ and ‘Reservoir Dogs’ are some of the most acclaimed movies of all time unbounded by there genre. Presenting a heist movie requires precision in cinematography, star-cast and gripping plot. This makes it even more difficult for heist movies to actually meet the standards of a good heist movie.
Just like live blackjack dealer is for the online casinos, the movie with the name ‘The Killing’ proved itself to be the most important part of the heist genre. In the very initial days of this genre catching recognition, the world witnessed a heist masterpiece in the year 1956. Here is discussing what makes ‘The Killing’ the best heist movie of all time.
Director gives it all
‘The Killing’ is a movie directed by one of the most meticulous directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick. But instead of being the proof of his great works and vision, this movie is actually the path maker for the veteran director. Stanley created this piece of art when he was just a couple of small movies old. He himself calls ‘The Killing’ to be his first mature feature film. Stanley gave his all, comprising of cinematography, visualizing screens, placing objects and subjects in the screen to perfection. But what he gave the most is his determination. The determination to create a feature that will stand out of the blue and make a name of its own.
Plot means applause
Director Stanley Kubrick knew that only a great plot brings genuine applause from the watchers. Heist is a genre which requires great twists-n-turns and wow factor as its primary element. He came up with a plot that had both. A race track robbery had the elements of suspense, twists and style, all included in it. The possibility of anything going out of the plan as decided by the main character Johnny Clay kept the nerves running fast.
The look and feel
Although the movie has become old for current times, the locations where the movie is set maintains the look and feel of the movie. Set in exotic locations like San Mateo, Venice, Bay Meadows Racetrack and California, the movie perfectly depicts the glorious 1950’s in black and white noir.
The way the film unfolds
A great suspense thriller movie is the one which leaves its audience guessing and thinking. The Killing is one of those immersive movies where the audience know what can happen but will keep on guessing how. Kubrick puts his pieces in the right place but only when the story demands. Before the right time, any extra information is left untold.
Assembling the right cast for characters
Not just for a heist movie but for any genre, the choice of getting the right actors to play the role is extremely crucial. The actor is the character the audience see on the screen and not what the writer or director had imagined in their heads. However, this movie made this point to perfection by choosing actor Sterling Hayden as the main lead. The tough guy face and pouting lower lip are convincing enough to depict priorly that he is the real gangster. Gravel voice and emotionless expression further add to his stiffness required in a gang leader. Apart from the lead, other characters also do their part considerably well. Choosing the right person for the characters can be seen clearly when a real wrestler was hired for the role of the same. Other significant characters include Fay (Johnny’s girl), Marvin Unger(Johnny’s old friend) and several others. All the characters are introduced and have been given their credit adequately.
All the elements that are necessary for a good heist movie were met as early as the 1950s in this movie. The accurate blend of factors like crime, suspense, thrill, twist ‘n’ turn and right direction gave this fame it has now held for over 50 years. The movie was a trendsetter and hence rightfully deserves the title of being the best heist movie.