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A secret organisation offers wealthy clients a second chance at life in this Oscar- and Cannes Palme d'Or-nominated ’60s face-swapping thriller.
An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price.
- Bay Of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Nelson-Tasman Bay
- Taupo-Central Plateau
- West Coast
- John Frankenheimer('The Manchurian Candidate', 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', 'Seven Days in May')
- Lewis John Carlino (based on the novel of the same name by David Ely)
Science Fiction, Thriller
Rating: M Nudity
TV Guide (US)
Visually Stimulating, but Lacklustre in Narrative
The opening sequence was mesmerisingly gorgeous and grotesque - a compilation of human features fading in and out of distortion - and immediately grasped my attention with its visual approach.
Sadly, much of the film following that (especially the second act), doesn't live up to the promise made by that first sequence. Nevertheless, the innovative cinematography stays consistently interesting, spreading paranoia into the theatre ("Seconds" is worth a watch just for the cinematography itself). That being said, the story drags at certain times, and at others falls into clichés that would have been much more effective in the 60s. It was still an entertaining watch, and the third act somewhat redeems the length of film that precedes it.
Favourite scene was definitely the dream sequence, with its surreal environment and terrifically strange cinematography and editing.