Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Germany/USA, 1993. Constantin Film, Dino De Laurentiis. Screenplay by Brad Mirman. Cinematography by Douglas Milsome. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martin Moszkowicz. Music by Graeme Revell. Production Design by Victoria Paul. Costume Design by Susan Becker. Film Editing by Thom Noble.
Basic Instinct was soon followed by a whole slew of worthless imitators, and this terrible film is no exception. When an aged millionaire is found dead of a heart attack in his bed after a night of rough sex, his seductive art gallery-owning girlfriend (Madonna) decides she’s in need of a good lawyer, which she finds in Willem Dafoe, the Nice Guy Who Just Can’t Resist The Danger (i.e. he sleeps with her after she says two or three kinky things about candles and belts). The sex scenes are kinky but the whole movie is poorly lit and riddled with atrocious dialogue (“Have you ever seen animals make love, Frank? It’s violent, it’s intense, but they never really hurt each other.”) Madonna tries her very best, and actually does a decent job in her witness-box scene, but she’s not a strong enough actor to overcome the hampering surroundings. Dafoe fares better, convincing his audience that he’s a great actor who needs a new agent, while Julianne Moore is hilariously maudlin as his wronged wife.