"Oh. Nymphos." Granted: It IS highly unrealistic, but it is also thematically interesting and surprisingly creepy, strange and unnerving. Add to that a broad selection of convincing performances and Fuller's keen eye for details and pacing, and you've got yourself one really good movie.
Outrageous, sleazy, but still a powerhouse movie by maverick director Fuller. This starkly photographed black-and-white film features agonizing close-ups, a pint-size stripper perched on a pillow case, a black man in a KKK hood screaming racial slurs, color flashbacks unabashedly snipped from movie travelogues, a squad of malevolent "nymphos," and a violent thunderstorm raging in a hospital corridor. Not completely successful, but it sticks in the mind longer than many "perfect" movies.
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Unbelievably erratic, dark and bizarre, almost experimental. The literal depiction of insanity is certainly inane, but it's made entertaining by a thick coat of pitch-black humor. It feels a little empty by the end, but it's too left-field to ignore.
Who knew Sam Fuller fucking RULES! Way cool film about a Journalist pretending to be a nutbar to solve a murder. Though all the cast are exellent, Hari Rhodes steals though the show as a black dude convinced he's a white supremacist. Don't just see it, OWN it!
Once I realized just how silly this movie was going to be I settled in and had a blast. The comically absurd depiction of mental illness combined with an indictment of war and bigotry makes for some fantastic scenes and imagery.
It’s a pretty cool concept, but I found most of it mediocre. Okay, that’s probably unfair. It wasn’t mediocre. It was made very well. Technically speaking, it was brilliant. I just didn’t connect with it. The portrayal of the patients and their mental illnesses was oversimplified, for sure. I really don’t have much else to say about it. The ending was great though.
The social message is a bit blunt (nationalism, racism, and nuclear arms are mad, I tell you!), and the view of schizophrenia is outdated. Still, it's not badly done for what it is. And it's good to see Philip Ahn in a role that isn't some "sinister Oriental" stereotype.