Michael Douglas had quite the string of success that sprung in the late 80s and extended all the way through the 90s. He was someone that could be play the blue collar everyman in one film and portray the white collar elite in his next film. In Basic Instinct, he takes on a static role as detective Nick Curran, who progressively loses sight of his own intentions and allegiance to his colleagues.
- Nick Curran is investigating the murder of a former rock star, who was stabbed to death with an ice pick in the middle of sexual intercourse.
- The investigation leads them to their main culprit, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone).
- As Nick comes dives deeper into the investigation, and deeper into Catherine’s cerebral mastermind, he finds himself infatuated with her, leading him to be blinded by the facts and not being able to decide who’s innocent and who’s guilty.
What I Liked
- Sharon Stone gave such a seductive performance that captivated me the moment she spoke. I felt as if I wanted her to lie to me. I didn’t want to know the truth about her, because he mystery was part of her sex appeal.
- Alfred Hitchcock’s influence is prevalent. Between the score and experimental camera angles to create suspense, along with the beautiful yet deadly blonde, it was a decent modern approach to capturing Hitchcock’s style of filmmaking.
What I Didn’t Like
- The ending. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll be disappointed. The whole film felt like a it was taking you into a house of mirrors. You get lost because you can’t decipher what path you must follow to escape, yet your intrigued by the dizziness. And then one mirror breaks and you see through the illusion.
Should You See It
- If you’re in the mood for an erotic thriller that also provides a decent plot similar to that of Alfred Hitchcock or author Lawrence Block, then I recommend it. If you are someone, however, that doesn’t have patience for exploitation of overly sexualized performances, then perhaps it isn’t for you, but don’t be afraid to give it some of your time.
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