To call it depressing for most of its 150 minutes is a fair assessment, but it makes the finale more rewarding. And, really, how uplifting can we expect a prison movie to be?
This is a certified classic and a worthy remake of its source.
This is the car chase that produced countless loving imitations. It's a thrilling sequence that holds up amazingly well fifty years after it's release.
It is cinema at it's most stripped-down, a hauntingly visceral look at a man with courage of his convictions.