Sample Movie Review on “Marathon Man”

Marathon Man Movie

            The film, “Marathon Man” is a thriller with an exhilarating plot under paranoid and psychological subgenres directed by John Schlesinger and runs for 125 minutes. Throughout the movie, one gets a thrilling move by the unceasing series of frenzy and predicaments in the criminal events that dominate the plat (Goldman, 2013). The film is a thriller because of the fact that it presents the viewer with a thrilling plot of exiting events full of suspense such that one is left with a lot of questions without necessarily having the answers. Certainly, the suspenseful nature of the film depicting crime not only from the protagonist but also among some characters that make the whole scene worth sparing 125 minutes and with eyes glued to the screen to watch (Goldman, 2013). Additionally, the movie falls under the subgenre of paranoia because of its ability to stir fear among the viewers due to a lot of breathtaking scenes of absolute violence and adult situations that automatically makes it a rated film. It is also considered a psychological thriller because it puts much stress on the mental condition of the central character who in this case was the marathon man who accidently or rather, through his own prying is hauled into a treacherous conflict that he was not ready to handle.

As mentioned earlier, the theme of crime in this film is widely and not narrowly presented. There are various reasons behind crimes and while some crimes occur accidentally, others are presented as planned and well executed (James, 2012). For instance, Babe’s father commits suicide by taking his own life out of frustrations and anger after Joseph McCarthy’s period of the Marxist witch-hunts that damaged his reputation. As such, anger and/or frustration are presented as a source of crime because suicide is a crime against oneself. In addition, strings of crimes that see many through their untimely demise such as Doc and a lot more like Babe hurt are caused by greed and jealousy (Goldman, 2013). Dr. Christian Szeil, a high profiled criminal of the Nazi stabs and kills Doc over greed and jealously of diamonds, which he took from the Jews who were killed at Auschwitz. Revenge is another source of crime as implied in the film, as towards the end of the film, Babe kills Szeil in attempt to revenge his brother’s murder, an act that see him go to jail.

The film reflects the society as a place full of crimes where greed, jealousy, love of money, and other sources of crimes exist in the society (James, 2012). These, as explained above are indeed the root course of crimes even in the contemporary society. However, it tends to influence the society to desist from crime because at the end of it all, justice must prevail and all the criminals must meet their fate. We can identify ourselves with Doc, who was Babe’s brother because he is a law-abiding citizen with a desire to ensure that justice prevails (Goldman, 2013). The film is entertaining and thrilling, which are the main pleasures that viewers can derive and its artistic strengths is embedded in the suspenseful plot of the film throughout the movie. It also uses soothing music that has a strong appeal to the audience that creates a similar mood and hence involving them, which also a robust artistic strength (James, 2012). Its artistic weakness is the use of too much violence, which appears offensive.




Goldman, W. (2013). Marathon Man: A Novel. New York: Open Road Media.

James, B. (2012). Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence. New York: Simon   and Schuster.