This is film noir at its most economical, clocking in at a fleet 72 minutes. There’s no backstory, no ancillary plot, no artiness or pretense. Plunder Road is just a straightforward tale about a group of men stealing gold and trying to get away with it, with sharp performances by Gene Raymond, Elisha Cook, Jr., Jeanne Cooper and Steven Ritch. It's tough and tense, with a fair share of surprises and a touch of humor. The final shot—a simple pan away from the action—ends the film on a striking, graceful note.
[NOTE: Though not available on DVD, the film can be viewed at netflix.com.]