Ministry of Fear (1944)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it.

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  • Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds in Ministry of Fear (1944)
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  • Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds in Ministry of Fear (1944)
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21 September 2001 | Snow Leopard
Good Wartime Film Noir
With an interesting story and good atmospheric settings, "Ministry of Fear" is a good film noir that most fans of the genre should find worth watching. Ray Milland is very good as a man battling a recent personal tragedy, who must then also try to sort out a series of mysterious and hazardous events in which he has suddenly become involved.

There are a lot of characters, and the story gets a bit complicated at times, making use of the W.W.II setting while introducing some quirky elements which generally come across pretty well. There are also a couple of good surprises, and for most of the way you have to guess along with Milland's character as to what will happen next. As with most such films, you must occasionally suspend disbelief, but that does not really detract from the atmosphere and tension.

If you enjoy film noir and/or thrillers, give this one a try. It's not one of the best of its genre, but it moves quickly and works well, at least as light entertainment.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery | Thriller

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