Hammett (Wenders, 1982)

Hammett (Wim Wenders, 1982)

I mostly wanted to see this film because Wenders’ semi-autobiographical film, The State of Things, is based on the experience he had making this movie. Well, Wim, your experience makes for better film than the actual movie does. Really, this is just a poor man’s film noir with some slightly darker elements mixed in. Author Sam Hammett finds himself mixed up in an attempt to find a missing girl. And, of course, the deeper he gets, the more dirt he discovers. Since this movie was made in the 1980s as opposed to the 1940s, the content is a little more jarring (though barely), and the protagonist isn’t quite as heroic, so it has that going for it. But the setting feels fake and the story is just average, so this is definitely not one of Wenders’ best.  6/10

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