Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Forgotten Movies: BLOWOUT
John Travolta is truly the best thing about this film because he acts with some belief in his role. Everyone else seems to be doing their own thing: Nancy Allen is channeling Marilyn Monroe, Dennis Frantz gives a lazy performance, John Lithgow is your run of the mill psycho. There is far too little emphasis put explaining the conspiracy and too much on watching Nancy Allen chase around. It seems like at least three different movies are going on.
When a sound engineer captures a gunshot fired before an accident, he pursues the truth in what happened. De Palma is just not my kind of director. He wants you to notice his directorial choices too much. There was a good movie here but he buried it in excess. It should have been tight and instead it was sloppy. I know there are a lot of De Palma fans out there but I am not one.