Right after he is released from prison career criminal, John Muller, rounds up his old crew to plan a robbery. The plan is to hold up a gambling joint, which happens to be run by a vindictive gambler, Rocky Stansyck. When the Robbery doesn't go to plan, John quickly finds himself alone and on the run, looking for a place to hide. John stumbles into a lucky break, assuming the identity of a psychiatrist who looks almost identical. With his new identity it looks like smooth sailing but escaping from his past turns out more difficult than John had thought. Steve Sekely's The Scar is a gritty, atmospheric flick which uses it's not-so-nice main character to great effect. John Mueller is a great, intriguing character whose a very different lead than most films of the period. Mueller is a highly intelligent career criminal who just happens to have a completely different point of view towards the world around him. He is a man who choose a life of crime, never wanting to live through the daily grind of life. The film really explores this with nice anecdotes throughout Mueller's various encounters, from his first boss who he quarrels with to his love interest, Emily. The Cinematography is dark and atmospheric, with some great compositions which really utilize the entire depth of frame. These compositions in addition to some nice close-ups add this sorta gritty, claustrophobic feel to the film, which mirrors our main characters increasing fear and paranoia. In the end, The Scar is well-paced film told from the criminals point of view that uses a strong central character and some great cinematography to tell a tale of fate and/or ones inability to change it, as John Mueller's seemingly perfect plan ends up blowing up in his face.
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