This is a 1937 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and is a story of terrorism in London.
Alf had made quite a few films before this one, in fact his first was in 1920, but even so this didn’t really have the feel of a Hitchcock film. It seemed a bit sloppy at times, and some of the situations were a bit contrived. The acting was fine though, and the quality of the film was very good, especially when you consider that this was made 81 years ago.
What really made this film though was the ending, which was quite shocking, even by today’s standards. I won’t go into details, but I will say it involves a boy unwittingly carrying a ticking time-bomb on a bus. Even Alfie had reservations about the scene (Alf kept to the ending of the book that this was based on).
To my surprise this has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the ending probably has a lot to do with that.
Worth a watch, but mostly for Hitchcock fans. Two years later he would go to America and make his first film there, Rebecca.
Date watched: December 22nd
Film count 2017: 143