Review of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)


Seen in 2016.

It’s good to the extent that it’s realistic, and in the expressionist horror of the very final shot. However, the fast-motion action set piece and the many attempts at irony and wit spoil credibility and drag it out unnecessarily. Bonus points for humanizing the sole black character—previously referred to as a “buck”—in the only short scene where he’s allowed to speak at all.

fiction moving picture