Sunday, July 10, 2005

Juggernaut (1974)

A real standout in the disaster-craze sweepstakes, this boat-based thriller derives its porterhouse-thick tension from its absolute refusal to give in to hysteria. The low-key hum of the film's veddy Englishness leeches out any potential shrillness and makes the danger feel more believable. Loading up the cast with English heavyweights rather than Americans helps on that front as well, but even the potential grandstanders (paging Richard Harris) keep themselves well under control. (Irony: Just by not going over the top, Harris gets to walk away with the movie in his vest.) I'd say more, but I rather doubt I could improve on the esteemed KZA's remark of "It's jugger-TAUT!", so we'll just let that serve.

Grade: B+


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