High and Low

High and Low ★★★★

The opening hour is perfection. The blocking of characters is to die for, the stakes always clear and the tension building up to a blood pumping climax to the first act. After that, the film abandons its compelling characters and moral dilemmas for nonspecific, interchangeable police and a fairly standard procedural. Still impeccably crafted from start to finish but the heart lies in the opening. Fortunately the ending scene is also phenomenal, bringing everything full circle in a piercing way.

I wish I had/made more time for 2+ hour movies, there’s something to be said for getting lost in a film for a good chunk of a day.