Bullitt

Bullitt ★★★★½

Despite possibly being patient zero for the hundreds of cliches you see in every modern cop movie, it's languid pace and slavish attention to detail have more in common with the arthouse crime movies of Melville or Antonioni than they do with Brett Ratner or Justin Lin. Surprisingly won the Oscar for editing, especially when you consider the number of seemingly unnecessary or extraneous scenes it contains (watch Bullitt buy groceries! watch Bullitt park his car!). The movie is saved from boredom by a great performance from McQueen and the amazing travelogue-worthy San Francisco locations, which are essentially the film's supporting character. I had also forgotten how similar the finale is to the finale in HEAT.

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