Friday, June 27, 2014

The Parallax View (1974)

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writers:  David Giler, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Loren Singer
Cast:       Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels

An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world headlines.

America in the early 70s was a ripe place for Paranoia thrillers with the conspiracy theories behind JFK assassination and the Watergate scandal. This film is the second one of Pakula's 'Paranoia Trilogy' with 'Klute' preceding it and 'All the President's Men' coming next. All the President's Men is an all time classic and besides it I have seen Pakula's 'The Pelican Brief' which was rather forgettable. Parallax View reminded me of 'The Conversation' and 'The Chinatown' both of which were released the same year and are vastly superior films. Parralax View has its moments but overall it is kind of flawed and has not aged particularly well.

Rating: 3/5