With an excellent cast full of big names and reliable actors, this 1989 film comes from the mind of writer and director Kathyrn Bigelow, and stars scream queen idol Jamie Lee Curtis in a role which really gives her a chance to act. Curtis plays Megan Turner, a rookie cop who, on her first day on the job (as it were) kills a gunman who is trying to commit an armed robbery. This incident is witnessed by stocks and shares shark Eugene Hunt, who suddenly develops psychopathic tendencies and an obsession with Megan which is somewhat psychotic to put it mildly. Hunt grabs the gun from the body of the robber and makes of with it leaving Megan to face internal disciplinary action as she now cannot prove that the robber was armed. He becomes fascinated with the gun and etches Megan’s name onto it, then, while by day acting as the perfect suitor, wining and dining her at expensive resteraunts, showing her the city in a helicopter and so forth, he goes out at night and starts his own spree of murders. Which of course gets Megan into even more trouble. Eventually, Megan is going to have to confront him and a crazed shoot out ensues in which only one of them will survive.
This movie really scores in its slick and pacey direction, with Bigelow pulling out all the stops to make it as action packed and exciting as possible. She also manages to cover a lot of the flaws in the script which really isn’t the best piece of work and could have one with a re write by a more experienced hack, however as an action thriller, the film works extremely well, hooking your interest right from the word go and keeping you glued to the screen for the duration. As well as an excellent performance from Curtis, Ron Silver also gets his teeth into the role of the psychotic Eugene Hunt, giving us some genuinely chilling moments as his persona switches from charming to deranged, making the audience really feel that Megan is in danger. Clancey Brown as Nick Mann is also good solid support and Louise Fletcher as Shirley Turner stands out. Not perfect by any means but very entertaining, one to watch.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Casts: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown, Elizabeth Peña, Louise Fletcher, Philip Bosco