One of the tightest, most propulsive thrillers ever made, this classic film noir is the story of a man trying to solve his own murder before a lethal poison in his bloodstream finishes him off once and for all. He knows he's done for; what he's after is revenge. Shot in near-real time and pioneering the kind of lean, claustrophobic intensity that Christopher Nolan would harness for Memento, D.O.A. holds up 70 years after its release. For a something old-something new contrast, watch it in a double bill with Jason Statham in Crank, which hotwires the same plot.
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