Cinema: The Big Twist

D.O.A.

A man walks into a police station and says he wants to report a murder. Whose? the desk sergeant asks. Mine, the chap replies.

Possibly there are some movie cultists who still have glowing memories of the original 1949 version of D.O.A., but even they may find this remake engaging. Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue, who recently updated The Fly, has a gift for polishing up pop cultural artifacts so that they shine like new. And Directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, up from rock videos and Max Headroom, have found their own effective approximation of the beloved film noir style.

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