2/365: Saboteur (1942, Alfred Hitchcock)
“Why is it that you sneer every time you refer to this country? You’ve done pretty well here. I don’t get it.”
All the classic Hitch tropes are here- the wrongfully accused man, being chased by the police, unraveling a bigger conspiracy, suspenseful climax at a famous landmark, etc. This one ticks all the boxes, and I mean that in a half-positive, half-negative way.
An almost flawless B-movie plotted at a breakneck speed, marred only by a forgettable main character and some odd script choices (a rendezvous with a circus troupe). To compare it with his classics would be unfair though. It’s a perfectly serviceable thriller.
Better to view it as a preview of things Hitchcock would eventually master and elevate to high art in the 50’s and 60’s.