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Blu-ray Review: Alfred Hitchcock’s Terrorist Thriller SABOTAGE - As Relevant As It Was In 1936 - Movies In Focus
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1936 film is one of the master of suspense’s earlier efforts, but it once again shows why he’s one of cinema’s greatest directors. Based on Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent Sabotage follows a cinema owner turned bomber (Oskar Homolka) planning a terrorist attack on London, while Scotland Yard desperately attempt to unravel the plot. Sabotage holds up ridiculously well in the 21st Century. The central themes on terrorism within the British capital are even more relevant today in 2015 than they were when Hitchcock first made the film in the 1930s. That’s what makes the movie such essential viewing today – the concept of terrorism hitting at the heart of the homeland. Running at a brisk 76 minutes Sabotage is one of Hitchcock’s earlier efforts and the film was one of the last films that the director made before upping sticks and moving to Hollywood. It’s easy to see why America came calling because Sabotage is yet another fine example of the director drawing tension from a relatively simple concept. The fact that the central character owns a cinema lets Hitchcock play with his passion and unleash tiny homages to the art form that he clearly loves so well. [...]