The Killing is a heist film – Johnny Clay(Sterling Hayden) is organising to rob a racetrack. He has arranged men on the inside and has everything timed down to the minute. But can everyone be trusted?
What I find fascinating about heist films is the way the director gets the audience on the side of the criminals. These are the guys who are prepared to kill just for money. Rarely is the money to be used for some noble cause – it’s just to make the criminals rich. Still, every step of the way, I was barracking for Clay to get through. Being a Kubrick film, things don’t happen the way you’d expect, and whilst I love a good Ocean’s Eleven or The Thomas Crown Affair, it’s nice to see things messed up a bit.