Release Date: March 16, 1990
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver,
Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Pena,
Louis Fletcher, & Phillip
Genre: Police Action-Thriller
Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Producer: Edward R. Pressman & Oliver
Writer: Kathryn Bigelow & Eric Red
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Unbeknownst to anyone, the .44 magnum in question has fallen into the hands of Eugene Hunt, a rich handsome Wall Street commodities trader who just happens to be a psychotic serial killer. Megan is romantically drawn to Hunt, who is cursed by the psychotic delusion that love and death are one and the same. "Death is the greatest kick of all," he confides to Megan. "That's why they save it for last."
Hunt begins a psycho-sexual courtship of Megan by signing his murders with bullets engraved with her name. The violence is graphic and gory, with literally gallons of blood. If the idea of seeing the killer anoint himself by rubbing his face in a blood-soaked shirt doesn't turn your stomach, you might enjoy this. Otherwise, pass.
Consider also the exercise in gun worship. In the opening sequence, a revolver becomes an abstract piece of art as the camera's eye slowly exposes and explores each crevice and curve. The film's director herself says, "My interest was to sexualize the gun."
Although the hypnotic visual style is quite artistically executed, the movie, which looks down the barrel of contemporary urban society, makes a sham of the good-triumphs-over-evil premise, since it's considerably less certain whether content wins out over form. What a shame that the interesting and innovative ways in which objects are shot with light are wasted on a script filled with torrents of murderous raging violence, sexual perversions, and constant profanities and obscenities. BLUE STEEL is totally unedifying and not recommended.
David Forbes President
MGM/UA Distribution Co.
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Beverly Hills, CA 90210