Blue Steel (1989) 3.14/5 (2)


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Rating: The Ugly – 60.1
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Duration: 102 mins
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Silver, Clancy Brown

Kathryn Bigelow and Eric Red teamed up so perfectly on Near Dark that it seemed a cinch they’d do it again but unfortunately this uneven story about a female police office who is targeted by a deranged stalker falls well short of the mark. There are too many sub-plots most of which are rushed and some of which are laughably realised and at times Ron Silver really hams it up as the bad guy. However, the main story which pits Jamie Lee Curtis and the always excellent Clancy Brown against Silver’s lunatic obsessive is actually quite interesting. Furthermore, it’s a wonderfully shot movie with some brilliantly staged night time sequences adding significantly to the atmosphere. Thus, despite some considerable failings, one feels strangely compelled to forgive it – but only barely.

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