Monday, 10 October 2011
Three Days of the Condor 
The Watergate Scandal led to the making of a number of paranoia- laden conspiracy thrillers in the 70’s – Three Days of the Condor being one of them. Directed by Sidney Pollack, the movie is filled with tense moments, dollops of intrigue and a distinctly anti-authority stance. The movie had Robert Redford playing a CIA desk employee – code-named the Condor – who, upon returning from lunch one day, finds that all his colleagues have been gunned down. Out of his wits, he turns to his superiors, but it doesn’t take long for him to realize that they are the ones after him. Forced to be on the run by his faceless, cold-blooded enemies, he ends up taking a woman (Faye Dunaway) into hostage. However, once they befriend each other, she starts helping him in uncovering the truth behind the mayhem. The movie is imbued with fatalism, and the deglamorized production bestowed it with naturalism that managed to reiterate the murkiness of the proceedings and the otherwise mundanity of the characters. However, certain plot developments were too abrupt to be believable, as in Redford’s relationship with Dunaway’s character or his maneuvering with the telephone network. Flaws aside, Redford gave a good performance as an otherwise regular Joe thrown in the middle of a life-threatening conspiracy and cover-up. The movie’s most startling turn was however given by Max von Sydow as a mysterious assassin.
Director: Sidney Pollack
Genre: Thriller/Spy Thriller/Conspiracy Thriller/Mystery