Basic Instinct (1992)

PAUL VERHOEVEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/France, 1992, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by Jan de Bont.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1992.  Cannes Film Festival 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  

Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

Sharon Stone is so fantastic she makes a trashy film almost respectable, playing a femme fatale mystery writer who is the prime suspect when a rock star is murdered in bed with an ice pick. plays the cop investigating the crime who can’t resist when he becomes sexually involved with her, and who wouldn’t?  She can deliver the coldest dialogue without blinking an eye, and then have wild sex without mussing her hair one bit.  It threatens to be good fun, spicing up its procedural moments with scenes of sexuality that earned it a lot of attention at the time, but every time Douglas blows up at another cop just to create dramatic tension it reveals itself as an inane potboiler that is only a cut above the many imitators to follow.  The only part worth cherishing is Sharon dancing at a nightclub in that fabulous gold dress.  The brilliant makes a terrible debut with her performance as the good girl on the side (or is she?)

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