You get a call from an old deceased friend, you go to the address that was given to you, and before you know it you are sitting in front of a desk being given a second chance at life. This the setup for John Frankenheimer’s Seconds.
The old man given this chance is transformed through surgery into Tony Wilson played by Rock Hudson. He is told that he always wanted to be a painter so he is being setup with that identity. The question is what happens when Tony needs a third chance.
The film is shot in gorgeous black-and-white and employs a number of camera techniques to both simultaneously create a very surreal and yet real world.
Rock Hudson is greatly under appreciated as an actor. He was great in Douglas Sirk’s films, the comedies with Doris Day, and this film proves he could do more.