Incredibly Stupid Filmmaking
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 12/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bad films continue to get made, but did anyone bother to read this ridiculous script? "Blue Steel" (1990) deserves a special niche in cinema history as one of the most implausible crime thrillers ever produced. The character motivations of rookie cop Jamie Lee Curtis and Wall Street psychopath Ron Silver defy logic even by B-movie standards. Director Kathryn Bigelow is so preoccupied with visual style that she ignores the astonishing stupidity that substitutes for so-called plot twists. Strangely enough, "Blue Steel" has a few cult admirers, who remain charitably blind to its numerous flaws. At least Bigelow bounced back with the preposterously entertaining "Point Break."
Laughable at best
Joseph Laurence | Amherst, MA | 01/11/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I recently watched Blue Steel for the first time. I was expecting a taut thriller with some good acting. What I received was a movie with a plot stolen from a comic book, acting right out of a high school play and action sequences which were so ridiculous I found myself bursting out laughing. Many of the other reviewers here have pointed out the flaws in this film so I won't go into excrutiating detail. But I can't resist on the final scenes. We see Silver load spent casings into a gun, wrap a towel around it (a cheap silencer?) and blow away Curtis's partner (and now lover) in her bathroom. Curtis is awake approximately 15 feet away on the bed and of course hears nothing. And in downtown Manhattan, we see the streets deserted (???) as Curtis and Silver exchange long rounds of gunfire. So long in fact that Silver shoots six bullets, runs away for ten seconds, then proceeds to fire another eight bullets at Curtis. This is from a six shot revolver. One could write a book about how bad this movie is, but why bother even watching it - unless you need a good laugh."
An Oliver Stone Produced Thriller
Richard Ross | 07/09/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kathryn Bigelow is like a female Michael Mann. She makes moody crime films that are always stylish, gritty, and that boast well choreographed action scenes. In 'Blue Steel' she tells the story of Margaret Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) a rookie cadet just graduated from the Academy. After less than twenty four hours on the job she has prevented a grocery store stick up by blowing away the robber (Tom Sizemore). Turner's partner was in the bathroom so the rookie went it alone. This doesn't sit well with her superior officer Nick Mann (an excellent Clancy Brown). He takes her badge away and relieves her of duty. The police never found the suspect's weapon because it has been stolen by a commodities trader named Eugene (Ron Silver). He was in the grocery store at the time and made off with the gun before the police could find it. Eugene goes on a killing spree leaving behind spent cartridges that he has engraved with Margaret's name. As more bodies pile up Mann pulls Margaret out of retirement so that he can use her as bait in the hopes of catching the killer. Margaret meets Eugene by accident and the two become lovers. She has no idea that he is the one leaving her these messages. Curtis is strong in the lead role and Silver is legitimately scary as Eugene. The cat and mouse game between the two of them goes on a little too long especially once Margaret discovers who he is but that's more a complaint against having to endure more of Silver's creepiness than it is Bigelow's direction. The beautiful Elizabeth Pena is underused in a few scenes as Turner's best friend. A scarily plausible, disturbingly violent film that's very well made."
Michelle Polk | Mississippi, USA | 06/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am not sure what the title means for this movie. The first day on the job as a policeman and she has to kill a grocery store robber. That was the least of her worries. A pychopath steals the gun that was used in the robbery only to become obsessed with his heroine. Not a family movie and really not worth watching more than once. There is a lot of foul language and a whole scene of nudity."