HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Arctic
Fate of Lee Khan, The
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Ladyworld
Rocketman
Kid Who Would Be King, The
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
America America
Darkest Minds, The
Along Came Jones
Hummingbird Project, The
Under the Table You Must Go
Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War
Hanging Tree, The
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare
Itsy Bitsy
Witchmaker, The
Prey, The
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Happy Death Day 2U
Full Moon High
Strange But True
Kamikaze 1989
Never Grow Old
Time of Your Life, The
Mountain Men, The
Epic
Best Before Death
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Isabelle
Non-Stop New York
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood
Oblomov
Alita: Battle Angel
We the Animals
Ibiza Undead
Wings of Eagles, The
Beats
Body Parts
   
 
Newest Articles
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
Robot Rocked: The Avengers Cybernauts Trilogy on Blu-ray
Hammer's Bloodthirsty Bad Girls 1970: Lust for a Vampire and Countess Dracula
Hammer to Fall: Kiss Me Deadly on Blu-ray
Home of the Grave: The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum on Blu-ray
Wondrous Women: Supergirl vs Captain Marvel
Things Have Changed: Films You'd Be Insane to Make Now
   
 
  Mirage Nothing Sounds As Good As I Remember ThatBuy this film here.
Year: 1965
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Weston, Leif Erickson, Walter Abel, George Kennedy, Robert H. Harris, Anne Seymour, House Jamieson, Hari Rhodes, Syl Lamont, Eileen Baral, Neil Fitzgerald, Franklin Cover
Genre: Thriller
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Night is falling in New York City, and as the lights in the skyscrapers go on, the workers prepare to return home. But suddenly the lights go out in one building, and inside the staff wander around in the dark wondering what to do next, for the elevators are not working either; some take the opportunity to have some fun, and decide on a so-called Braille party where participants can divert themselves feeling their way around, but for David Stillwell (Gregory Peck) he is not so keen, and leaves them to it to try for the stairs. Once there, using his pen flashlight to see, he hears someone approaching from above: it's a young woman (Diane Baker) who seems to know him, though he does not recognise her, and as they descend she begins to act very strangely...

It might be accurate to observe that Mirage started with its best sequence, establishing its mystery then winding down over the course of just under two hours to when all was revealed, but what an opening it was, genuinely intriguing and novel. It was successful because we take it as read that Peck, one of the most dependable presences in his era of film, knows exactly what he is doing and why he is in that business block, but soon after all that is thrown into doubt by his meeting with Baker's stranger and, after she gives him the slip, the realisation once outside that there has been a terrible incident as a man has taken a fall from one of the upper floors and died in the impact. But did he fall or was he pushed?

When Stillwell discovers that this dead man was well-known philanthropist and international peacemaker Charles Calvin (Walter Abel), he feels he has a connection to him, but how? He is, after all, a simple cost accountant and has worked in the same office for the past two years, so why does he now sense there is something not right in his world? Why do people he thought he knew barely recognise him? Does he have amnesia? Would that explain why he is suddenly on the wrong end of a gun held by Jack Weston? In one of many bizarre touches designed to disorient the viewer, once they get back to David's apartment the heavy insists on watching the wrestling on television instead of informing him what he actually wants.

The structure was something akin to a detective story, though every so often the hero has flashbacks to what has happened before as he tries to piece together his recent life that seems to have escaped him - but if you watch closely, you'll notice one image that we have not been privy to, and is going unexplained. After getting the advantage of Weston, he settles on being more proactive and starts doing his own detective work, visiting a famed psychiatrist (Robert H. Harris) who once he hears of his condition - a lapse of memory lasting a couple of years - throws him out of his office in disgust, believing Stillwell to be faking it for his own prankish motives. Back to square one, he notices an actual detective agency run by Walter Matthau and drops in to see if he could help, Matthau offering one of many almost quirky readings in the film.

The story was wrapped up in memories and how they make us what we are, asking if we no longer are aware of what has happened in our pasts, if indeed we were ever aware, does that make us a different person to what we thought we were, or what others believed we were. Peck was ideally cast in what from some angles might have looked like a revisit of his character from Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, just stuffy enough to convince himself he could have been a grey-suited accountant all this time, but given some nice lines by Peter Stone's pleasingly witty script and playing off his fellow cast, Matthau in particular, with aplomb. Once that enigma is cleared up, it was true to say Mirage lost some of its power, but there was a conclusion that told us it was important to remember how fallible everyone can be, from the great men to the lowly, wrapping up the thriller with director Edward Dmytryk building to that skilfully. All in all, if a shade overcomplicated in matching the mystery to the near-science fictional explanation, a satisfying suspense work. Music by Quincy Jones.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1158 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: