The first suspense in the film occurs during Jonny Clay’s attempt to rob the money and that too amidst the crowd visiting a featured race where Johnny and his group of corrupted cops try to rob the money. The second suspense occurs when the ensuing shoot out takes place between George and his associates and Val. Till the end of this encounter, the director is able to sustain the suspense and the last scene is the most thrilling one. The chase and pursuit for escape carries the capacity to tie the audience with the film and no one can escape the enigma, magic and a pervading feeling of ‘what next’ in the film. These elements of suspense are built up with every well -edited scenes, visual and sound effects.
Money and greed or pursuit for it, forms the basic ingredients of the film noir genre. Without any exception, the film ‘The Killing’ religiously bears all the traits of film noir genre. Robbery of million dollars and chase for it, consequently leads to a series of killing and presents a volley of homicides which ultimately result in killing all the characters of the film except the hero and the heroine. The corruption and the prevailing professional hitch between the cop and their respective regime are also brilliantly displayed by Kubrick and this hitch also serves as an important motif of the murders in the film. Last but not the least, the role of femme fatale in terms of agitating the whole process of murder as a catalyst is also commendable.
Money plays the sole link between all the characters of the movie. It serves as a chief tempter and main motif behind all the murders taking place within the suspense filled plot of the story. Johnny robs million dollars for the pursuit of wealth. George Peaty, the corrupt cop and his associates all the characters are running in the pursuit of money. It is for money that the characters are chasing each other and it is only for the sake of money that one after other murder occurs in the