Ernest Hemingway's The Killers is a bit longer than six words, but is still rather short and leaves a lot of questions. In Robert Siodmak's adaption (1946) an insurance agent seeks to answer them, while in Don Siegel's '64 edition the titular Killers themselves decide to figure out why the murder happened.
Neither of these plots makes a whole lot of sense.
But they're both great films, albeit for very different reasons.
Siodmak's is a classic noir. Siegel's is an over the top crazy thing that stars Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager as the anti-hero titular Killers investigating the machinations of villainous Ronald Reagan and his assistant Norman "Mr. Roper" Fell.
It's good, you guys.
We also touch on the very straightforward 1954 adaptation made by Andrei Tarkovsky while he was a film student. All this and more on this week's Lost in Criterion!