Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Blu-Ray Review - Panic in the Streets
When a body is found in the New Orleans docks, it's pretty obvious that he died from gun shot wounds. The police surgeon notices that the man is also displaying other symptoms and Lt. Commander Clint Reed, a doctor with the U.S. Public Health Service, diagnoses a highly contagious disease, pneumonic plague. He tries to convince local officials to find everyone who may have been in contact with the dead man. The Mayor supports his efforts but many, including the police, are doubtful. Reed wants to avoid publicity so as not to panic the public. They have little information to go on - they don't know the dead man's identity - and Reed estimates they have 48 hours before disease begins to spread. With police Capt. Tom Warren going through the motions, Reed sets out to find the killers.
My Take on the Movie
This is a movie that I never saw before, but I can tell why people still talk about it today now that I have. The movie was powerful and has so many twists and turns that will not only keep you on the edge of your seat, but guessing from beginning to end. The movie was well done and as a film noir action movie you are completely drawn in and you get to see great actors such as Jack Palance and Zero Mostel being bad guys which is always a treat too! While there were parts of the movie that stretch the imagination in relation to how disease is spread, it is still a very enjoyable movie and one that I am glad that I finally got to see and will be sharing with other movie buffs as well!
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