Every so often, I help out my fellow blogger, Tyson Carter, with his IMDb Top 250 Project. This time around, I reviewed Fritz Lang’s M, a 1931 German film about the panic caused by, and apprehension of, a child murderer. Unfortunately, there are no 360-degree slow-motion shots, so I had to dock it for that.
Being an 82-year-old film, M isn’t graphic or even violent in the least. The opening abduction is nothing more than a ball rolling into a patch of grass and a balloon getting tangled up in some power lines. It’s refreshing to watch a movie that deals with very heavy, disturbing material like this without feeling the need to show us the gruesome details. Granted, it works in some movies, but I still say restraint is rare and something worth mentioning these days.