IMPULSE Add To My Top 10
Release Date: September 28, 1984
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Director: Sondra Locke
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy & Andre Morgan
Writer: John DeMarco & Leigh Chapman
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Lottie is assigned, along with her sexist boss Joe Morgan, to find Tony Peron, a high-stakes drug dealer and missing witness in an important gangster case. Peron has stolen $900,000 in a Columbian drug deal, and there's only three weeks to find him before the trial begins.
At a bar, Lottie is picked up by Peron (she doesn't know it's him). Giving in to her thrill-seeking impulse, Lottie acts out her prostitute fantasy with Peron. However, while Lottie freshens up at his pad, Peron is murdered. She never sees the killer. Afraid of being accused, she covers up all the evidence, then phones in a tip that a murder has taken place. Lottie finds the money and struggles with whether to keep it or not. She ends up turning it in, but not before the movie lapses into total idiocy and inane characterizations and dialogue exchanges.
The movie is filled with characters who lack self-control. Morgan is married, but his sexual harassment of Lottie is endless. The assistant District Attorney, also involved with the case, sleeps with Lottie on their first encounter. Thus, the premise of the movie that it's easy to lose control over life's impulses, and only through our own efforts can we overcome.
To its discredit, the movie never suggests that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). This is "because the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so" (Romans 8:7).
Lottie, also, is about as far away from a Proverbs 31 role model as one can get. Her acting is good, but negated by a horrible script and storyline that's mired in a cesspool of hostilities. Save your money on IMPULSE.
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Mr. Robert A, Daly
Warner Brothers, Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522