Basic Instinct

1992

Crime / Mystery

29
IMDb Rating 6.9

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Reviewed by btbshining 9

This is one of my favorite films, even though it has some problems.<br/><br/>The film caused controversy with some of the gay crowd (who didn&#39;t like the negative press) and for the graphic sex (with bedroom violence). It became a box office winner, that made Sharon Stone a star, and yet was basically p****d on by the critics! The word is the film is better than your average B movie skin flick, only by the quality of the actors, and Verhoeven&#39;s ability. I feel the film is still not given the respect it&#39;s due.<br/><br/> I first saw the R-rated version, which is very good, but now you can get the even better Unrated Director&#39;s Cut, which has even more graphic content! If you don&#39;t like erotic-thrillers, then don&#39;t see it. But anyone with taste will enjoy the thrill ride of events that take place in Basic Instinct. The script by Joe Eszterhas was highly thought of in Hollywood, and if not for the graphic nudity, a top star like Michelle Pfeiffer would have taken the role made famous by Sharon stone.<br/><br/>Does the script go too far at times? Yes, but that&#39;s part of the films charm, and after all, the now &#39;classic film moment&#39; of Sharon Stone&#39;s leg spread interrogation, likely would have been dropped in a conventional film. Still though, I wouldn&#39;t have minded seeing a few less people getting killed off, to keep even more suspense and realism.<br/><br/> The score is also beautiful, and fans of Hitchcock&#39;s great &quot;Vertigo&quot; can appreciate the homage that Paul Verhoeven has included. The film has a lot of eye candy, but Jeanne Tripplehorn deserves special mention for her impressive supporting role (sadly she hasn&#39;t done much of note since). Michael Douglas does a solid job also, but I can&#39;t help wondering if a better actor like Clint Eastwood could have brought more to the table. The dialogue is not up to the level of &quot;Pulp Fiction&quot;, but it&#39;s still interesting and fun.<br/><br/> I highly recommend this film for fans of adult mystery.

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Reviewed by Jagged-11 8

How does one begin a review of what is arguably the most controversial movie of the 90&#39;s? Perhaps I should start by saying that although Basic Instinct is complete trash with nothing residing beneath its glitzy surface(despite the claims of Camille Paglia there are NO subliminal meanings and the phallic symbolism of the ice pick is purely coincidental) it&#39;s also a riveting psychological thriller with Doublas and Stone providing an impressive double in a refreshingly gripping film.<br/><br/>I will not go deeply into plot detail, as the story is practically part of hollywood folklore, but in summary volatile cop Nick Curran(Michael Douglas) falls in love with murder suspect Catherine Trammell(Sharon Stone) who may,or may not, have brutally murdered her lover with an ice pick. If the plot sounds familiar its probably due to the fact that Basic Instinct is essentially a combination of writer Joe Eszthera&#39;s film &#39;Jagged Edge&#39; and director Paul Verhoeven&#39;s film &#39;The Fourth Man&#39;, both of which had their fair share of sex and fashionable violence. Despite this Basic Instinct still is enjoyable and having seen either of those films will have no affect on the unpredictability of the film.<br/><br/>At the centre of the film is Stone&#39;s performance which is actually quite superb(though in the long run this film&#39;s been more of a curse than a blessing to her film career)as although she&#39;s easily the least probable femme fatale ever to grace(or poison to be more accurate) the silver screen, Stone plays her with such zeal that we can&#39;t take our eyes off her. That said it should also be pointed out that she becomes rather less intriguing after the first 40 minutes when she becomes involved with Michael Douglas, as her character loses a great deal of her mystique and her personality has less bite. Then of course is the infamous scene (which practically every other reviewer has mentioned and I am going to be no exception) where Tramell is being interrogated by the police and coolly turns the tables on them by exploiting their libidos and reducing them to drooling idiots, totally ridiculous but easily the film&#39;s best scene and certainly one that is not going to be soon forgotten (no doubt to the chagrin of Sharon Stone).<br/><br/>The rest of the cast are fine, with Michael Douglas doing the character he does best(the rather thuggish white male who constantly gets involved with the wrong kind of woman), Jeanne Tripplehorn doing an adequate job as Nick&#39;s pyschologist and George Dzunda manages to be the only half-way likable character in the movie as Curran&#39;s best(and only)friend. Unfortunately Leilani Sarelle is under-used as Catherine Trammell&#39;s enigmatic girlfriend(I forgot to mention Catherine&#39;s Bi-sexual).<br/><br/>The film is, of course, not without flaws. No-one (not even the director) could deny that Basic Instinct has such big plot holes you could park a car in them as for some of the events in the film to make sense characters would need to be either clairvoyant or in possession of other-worldly powers. The endings also a bit of a cop out (no I WON&#39;T reveal it) as it was clearly engineered so that it could be easily changed with a single edit if preview audiences were unsatisfied with it.<br/><br/>It is also impossible to ignore the huge controversey that surrounded the films release with a particulair furor being caused by feminists and lesbians over their portrayal in the film. In truth the jury&#39;s still out on wether Basic Instinct is homophobic, but I personally don&#39;t think it is as the characters&#39; sexuality is never really an issue although in fairness it is used as a somewhat cheap plot device to titillate the audience. The case made by feminists is much stronger as all the women in the film are portrayed as dubious and potentially dangerous. The main defence against all this is that, frankly, all the characters are unpleasent and devious , with perhaps one exception, and no discrimination is given in any way. The other issue was, of course, the sex scenes which ,although explicit, are really rather passé these days.<br/><br/>The film is stylishly filmed, expertly paced, brilliantly directed and has a superb music score from Jerrry Goldsmith. I&#39;ll give it a high score(by my standards) of 8 out of 10

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Reviewed by tmensamaster-2 9

Paul Verhoeven is one of my favorite directors. His movies are so damn entertaining. They always, well I should say most of the time, have wit and intelligence [Forget &#39;Showgirls&#39; and &#39;Hollow Man&#39;, any director can make mistakes] and have either graphic sex or violence or both. &#39;Basic Instinct&#39; is in the latter category. It is so erotic and Stone and Douglas have so much sexual chemistry that when you look at an Adrian Lyne film, you see them for the crap they are.<br/><br/>Basic plotline has Stone&#39;s character, &#39;Catherine Tramell&#39;, accused of the vicious sex murder of a retired rock and roll star. Douglas&#39;s character has a strange attraction to her, which may not lead to good things..... Paul Verhoven has openly admitted that this film is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock&#39;s classic masterpiece &#39;Vertigo&#39;. In fact, Stone wears, in sequence, the same wardrobe as Kim Novak did [which makes you wonder, was she wearing panties under her clothes]. That brings us to the interrogation scene, which is the best in the movie. Stone shamelessly flirts with the cops&#39; libidos until the buildup of sexual tension is so great, Stone releases it by playing &#39;peek-a-boo&#39; with the space in between her legs. Every male viewer cherishes that scene, simply because it is so sexy. That word can be used throughout the film, as Stone and Douglas do the mattress mumbo. At the time, the sex scenes were so realistic that the press went wild and debated whether or not viewers were witnessing un-simulated sex. The film is still quite sexually daring today and has an intriguing spider&#39;s web plot too. The plot&#39;s twists and turns manage to make the movie sexier as the viewer wonders whether Sharon is innocent or guilty..........<br/><br/>The film&#39;s only misstep occurs at the end, with an unsatisfactory ending that makes the whole film seem like some stupid, contrived game. But it&#39;s not. It keeps it&#39;s fascination and it&#39;s sexiness and its suspense right up till the end, which is what a good erotic thriller should. Actually, the ending for some will lead to a lot of discussion if you watch the film with someone, as the film toys with two of the film&#39;s characters innocence or guilt and does not give up all its secrets.....<br/><br/>The film is great Verhoeven. It has his usual, hilarious, seemingly inappropriate kinky humor and extreme sex and violence to match. The fact that Verhoeven is actually able to balance the film and make it funny and sexy is wonderful film-making. Well, have I said &#39;sexy&#39; enough times? Then go rent it.........8/10<br/><br/>P.S. If you like this one, check out Verhoevens&#39; Dutch film &#39;&#39;The Fourth Man&#39;&#39;. It has a similar plot and even a similar character that resembles Catherine Tramell. If the ending of &#39;Basic Instinct&#39; leaves you wanting, check that film out. It is even better than &#39;Basic&#39; and is more &#39;arty&#39;. It is also a little bit more daring erotically.

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