The Killers Response

28 Sep

The Killers (1946) is a film noir that attempts to make sense of a murder–that of Ole Andreson, “The Swede” by two assassins, Max and Al. Andreson’s coworker Nick Adams, after encountering the men at a diner and hearing of their plans, rushes to Andreson’s home to warn him about the attack. Upon hearing this, Andreson insists that there is nothing he can or should do to stop it, that he’s been expecting it, and that he “made a mistake once;” this is assumed to be why he is being targeted. Moments later, he is shot and killed by the hit men who enter his house. While Life Insurance Investigator Jim Reardon finds and pays the beneficiary of Andreson’s policy, he inerviews Andreson’s friends and associates. With this, he finds out that Andreson got mixed up with criminals and was murdered over a matter of $250,000.

The Killers and Citizen Kane are quite similar in narrative structure; not only do both movies have multiple narrators reminiscing in flashback, but both are investigative stories that seek to explain a character’s life and connect it with his death. I think Citizen Kane is more conventional because it is much less complicated than The Killers; the latter jumps around the timeline out of order from multiple perspectives showing very different scenarios; it was pretty hard to keep track of, and most audiences aren’t patient enough. I also thought that Citizen Kane was more revealing of character because it showed what kind of character Kane started out with and ended up with. The Killers just took the entire movie to explain why Andreson was targeted and killed by assassins.

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4 Responses to “The Killers Response”

  1. bpaugels September 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I agree that Citizen Kane and The Killers have a very similar narrative structure, due to the fact that there are many different people telling an investigator what they remember about the certain man. I disagree with your claim that “The Killers just took the entire movie to explain why Anderson was targeted and killed by assassins”. Although that was the premise of the film, The Killers was able to portray the different points of view of Anderson, creating an in depth evaluation of what type of man he was. Comparatively, Citizen Kane uses the same narrative style for character development, and uses fewer points of view to tell the story of Kane. Anderson had many different people tell his story, as opposed to the few who told Kane’s, leading me to believe that The Killers does a better job with character development.

  2. halterpkc October 1, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    Indeed, The Killers and Citizen Kane do have a similar narrative structure. Both movies are represented in a flashback setting, giving viewers a perspective of the plot through past events. Citizen Kane is easier to understand because as the viewer watches the movie, the plot is cleared up and the viewer becomes more aware as to what is occurring.

  3. carterm1207 October 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    I agree that that Citizen Kane is more conventional. Flashbacks in The Killers do not happen chronologically, and many characters are involved. In Citizen Kane, Kane is the main focus, with some characters that are involved with his life. I also agree in the part that by the end of each movie, Kane’s character is revealed more than Swede’s.

  4. lordbyrne October 7, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    10/10. JB,

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