Blue Steel is not only a terrific movie but one of those cinematic rarities - cinema from a female viewpoint. By that I don't mean it's about babies and relationships, a common misconception of 'female viewpoint', but rather it's the experience of a male world from outside. In this film the men are the sex objects, and the aggression is female aggression. In fact one of the things this film studies is the different reactions the heroine experiences with regard to her actions just because she is female, cop or no, and is expected to act in specific ways. I think one of the <more>
reasons it is consistently overlooked is that male reviewers just don't get it and those who do don't like it. They don't like the way everything is turned upside down. Curtis isn't nurturing, she's not a victim, she doesn't fear her abusive father, she's attracted to a violent man but is equally callous about him when she realises what he is, she doesn't break down and try to change him, reform him, or marry him. Nor does she go in fear of him. Be brave gents and let the film talk to you without your cherished ideals of womanhood.
Kathryn Bigelow directed three tip top genre films back in the late 80's/early 90's. Underrated masterpiece Strange Days, killer good vampire western Near Dark, and blazing, lurid cop thriller Blue Steel. Forget her films these days, they've dulled out the fire she used to project. It's all about her early work, and this one shows her love for outright brutality and noirish tendencies, no matter what the genre. Jamie Lee Curtis gets down and dirty as a rookie police officer who finds herself in deep, disturbing trouble when a lunatic targets her. A single stop at a gas station <more>
turns violent when a loose cannon petty thief live wire Tom Sizemore in his film debut! causes trouble, forcing her to shot him stone cold dead. The incident seems to be over, except for one thing: bystander Eugene Hunt Ron Silver witnesses the shooting in vivid detail, and something deep in his psyche snaps. He sinks away, and prompted by voices only he can hear, begins to commit murders using Curtis's gun left at the crime scene, even carving her name into the bullets he uses. This causes friction in the department, her job, sanity and personal life as the obsessed Hunt stalks and worms his way into her life with monstrous, psychotic determination. Silver is an actor who's made appearances here and there, always of the sinister variety and always excellent. This is his tour de force, an absolutely terrifying delusional schizophrenic who is fixated on Curtis's character with squirming intimacy. She's left to play cat and mouse with him, and being somewhat inexperienced, falls short of being able to deal with such a person. Help briefly comes in the form of Detective Nick Mann a snarky Clancy Brown , but it's mostly just her and Hunt, locked in a deadly, bullet strewn tirade or near misses, uncomfortable confrontations and pulpy scenarios. Bigelow is a suspense expert and knows how to stage a tense sequence like no other, this being her most successful foray into tension and release, which is saying a lot when you look at her career. There's a nice bunch of supporting players too, including Louise Fletcher, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Pena, Philip Bosco, Mike Starr and Kevin Dunn. Tou
An under-rated, over-analyzed, forgotten, great Horror! (by RabbitMayhem)
I am A huge fan of Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red. I loved "THE HITCHER" the OG one , "NEAR DARK", and "BODY PARTS". Who cares if there are parts that make you go, "Oh, yeah right, that doesn't really happen to a cop". It is a horror flick, it is designed as a horror flick, not a psychological Morgan Freeman cop thriller. If you can humor a story about Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, and Killer Toy Dolls, then you can bite into a well made story about a wall street slasher running crazy in the city that uses a GUN instead of a Hook, Claw, Chainsaw, <more>
Axe, or whatever tickles you fancy. It is a Scary Movie, nothing more. Like "The Hitcher", the antagonist gets worse and worse and in the end it is a classic Goodguy-vs-Monster battle. Jamie is fantastic, Ron is superb, as always and so is Clancy Brown. A special appearance by Tom Sizmore also makes this movie a cool collector's item. Many people confuse this movie as a cop suspense thriller and have passed judgment too harshly throughout the years. Most of Kathryn's and Eric's early movies are designed to scare you with the story itself than by using Scary Camera Tricks. It's an old flick, so don't expect any CGI. Many people simply judged it by looking at it as a psychological cop thriller. Don't go out like that. It is an authentic, original, stand-on-its-own, scary movie like "THE HITCHER" and "BODY PARTS". Watch it again as a Horror and you will know what I'm talking about. Be nice. Don't give in to hate. It leads to the Darkside.Get off the Band Wagon and Enjoy it for what it is. Just watch it and pretend you're living in the 90's for Pete's Sake
Jamie Lee at her best in this psychological cop flick! (by piscean_dreams)
Jamie Lee Curtis is one of Hollywood's more diverse actresses-- from being heralded the "Scream Queen" for such films as HALLOWEEN and THE FOG, to comedic genius in A FISH CALLED WANDA and TRUE LIES. Her portrayal of a rookie cop who becomes the target of an obsessed stalker Ron Silver after her first assignment on the force solidifies her acting abilities and film repertoire. Ron Silver plays the Wall-Street-broker-turned-psychopath flawlessly.BLUE STEEL is a cop flick with a twist which, unlike many films in the genre, showcases a lead female's descent through the police <more>
force. Amir M. Mokri's encompassing and somber cinematography, Brad Fiedel's ambient and chilling musical score, and Kathryn Bigelow's cool, detached direction, combined with the excellent cast which also includes Louise Fletcher, Clancy Brown, and Elizabeth Peña, makes for a unique, entertaining, and esthetically pleasing film!
A tense and exciting psychological thriller (by Woodyanders)
Jamie Lee Curtis gives a superb and winning performance as Megan Turner, an eager and gutsy, but neurotic and vulnerable rookie cop who blows away a supermarket hold-up guy an electrifying cameo by Tom Sizemore on her first night of active duty. Demented Wall Street broker Eugene Hunt a terrifyingly intense and wired portrayal by Ron Silver steals the crook's gun and embarks on a killing spree he carves Megan's name on the bullets, no less! . Moreover, Hunt also begins dating the initially unsuspecting Turner. Director Kathryn Bigelow, who also co-wrote the sharp and incisive <more>
script with Eric Red, relates the compelling narrative at a constant quick pace, expertly builds plenty of gut-ripping tension, gives the film an attractive polished look, and really pulls out all the stirring stops for the rousing climactic shoot-out between Hunt and Turner on the streets of New York City. This film further benefits from fine acting by a bang-up cast: Curtis makes for a very strong and sympathetic, yet troubled and flawed heroine, Silver's cunning and charming psycho likewise sizes up as a memorably crazed and frightening villain, plus there's sound supporting turns by Clancy Brown as tough, cynical homicide detective Nick Mann, Elizabeth Pena as Megan's loyal friend Tracy Perez, Louise Fletcher as Megan's timid, browbeaten mother Shirley, Philip Bosco as Megan's gruff, abusive father Frank, Kevin Dunn as the stern Assistant Chief Stanley Hoyt, and Richard Jenkins as cagey, sarcastic attorney Mel Dawson. Brad Fiedel's shivery, rattling score and Amir M. Mokri's slick, striking cinematography are both excellent and effective. Granted, the story is wildly implausible, but thankfully Curtis' complex and intriguing central characterization of Meg, the hard, gritty tone, the riveting cat and mouse games between Hunt and Turner, and, most of all, Bigelow's stunning sense of pure cinematic style and panache keep the picture on track. A taut, edgy and absorbing little winner.
A slightly flawed gem, worth viewing. (by ogdendc)
Difficult to know what to make of this one. The cinematography is beautiful, as is Jamie Lee Curtis as New York cop Megan Turner.She has the misfortune to come across a supermarket robber on her first day of active service and ends up killing him. Unfortunately the robber's weapon disappears as it is stolen by Eugene Hunt Ron Silver who is a mentally ill trader with a fixation on Turner, who reciprocates his advances! With no weapon and despite witnesses and cctv, she is suspended from her job, giving her time to mess around with Hunt. It's never made clear what she sees in this <more>
creep. He's nuts.Clancy Brown plays Nick Mann, fellow detective who teams up with a reinstated Turner to try to find the 44 Magnum killer who always leaves a shell etched with Turner's name at the scene of the killings.The plot is odd but actually quite interesting. Curtis is very watchable, and the director knows it. Overall, a slightly flawed gem, and worth viewing.