A masterful Film Noir, not for the faint of heart.
This movie really sets up the story in a magnificent way, and by the end it goes straight for the jugular.
A beautiful thing about this picture; you're constantly feeling like you're trying to catch up to what's going on. You're never ahead of the story here, you're going to be kept guessing, and guess what? You guess wrong.
And then you get to the ending and it all feels so inevitable. Melville is in complete command of the script and the frame, and you're hopelessly hooked on the trench coats, the rain, and dizzying number of double crosses.
A famous noir villain once said, "you might THINK you know what's going on here, but believe me, you don't". And when the ending comes it just rips your heart out.
What a ride. This is surely a favorite of mine. If you want to have the ultimate night of the truly dark side of film noir, pair this one night with Odd Man Out. Talk about getting hit by a ton of bricks...