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Blue Steel

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow

A rookie female cop kills an armed robber but is suspended from the force when the gunman's weapon is not found. Actually, the weapon has fallen into the hands of a psychotic killer who begins to track down the rookie.

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Release Date: 1990
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Blue Steel


  • Jun 7, 2000


A frighteningly intense movie that has probably been one of the best Jamie Lee Curtis has done. Born from one of the most recognized screamers of all time, Janet Leigh in Psycho, Jamie Lee adopts a steely glare and a determined attitude and goes after the bad guys.

The Players I remember when this movie was released there was a good deal of speculation about Jamie taking on such a powerful dramatic role. Sure, Halloween, etc., were dramatic in a sense, but this was much different. In this movie she develops a persona when she dons her uniform - she stands straighter, she gains an authoritative demeanor, her face and eyes become more intense and her voice takes on a different timbre.

Ron Silver, however, slowly sinks into his role. At first you are enamored with his suave style and the way he embraces Jamie and their relationship. But always in the background there is that gun. As he gently glides into madness you are amazed you were so taken with him in the first place. When I saw he was cast in this role I figured it would be another of the general type he plays and I enjoy his acting for the most part, but I was greatly mistaken this time. He scared me to death!

Clancy Brown was a genuine surprise as an affable good guy for once and surprisingly Louise Fletcher didn't play a neurotic psycho or an overbearing monarch. Philip Bosco, as Jamie's father, was actually very good albeit an abuser instead of a judge for once. And since I always pick out an unusual member of the cast, I liked the credit listing for these two: Harley Flannagan and James Drescher - Punks.

Basic background but not giving the story away! Jamie Lee is a rookie policeman (I hate the term COP, it is very demeaning to the profession) who is having a VERY bad first week on the job. After killing a robber at a supermarket, she is put on suspension. (There is that missing gun). This is when she meets Silver, who becomes obsessed with her. After wining and dining her, frankly he turns into a madman. Curtis is put back on the force - they say to keep track of her but I think it is as a decoy - and starts tracking the latest serial killer, who by the way she happens to be dating. That is all I'm giving you, you must see the movie to get all the details.

Comments Personally I love a movie that does one of several things - 1) I am unable to figure out who the bad guy is or what the ending is; 2) Has a decent story line that isn't too predictable; 3) Has creditable actors that really do their job (they don't have to be famous, just accomplished in the movie); 4) Has great music or visuals; or 5) Has drama, action or suspense. This one filled 4 out of the 5 (only because you know who the bad guy is) and it did it with a punch.

Along with the highly powerful dramatic scenes, there are also many beautifully photographic wonders for you as well. At one point, in the police station, the light filters through the windows in various stages of subdued lighting giving it an otherworldly feeling, both breathtaking and surreal.

The director, Kathryn Bigelow, gives you a highly intense vehicle battling good against evil. You have characters that you are willing to root for and stand behind with shocking scenes and breathtaking suspense. The movie is also highly erotic - for instance, the scene between Curtis and Silver where he practically fondles her gun while making love to her, both erotic and eerie.

Bigelow draws from the characters both power and desire, good and evil, right and wrong. It doesn't matter that Curtis is an officer, supposedly fighting for good, that also has an oddly bad side. In the movie when asked why she joined the force, she answers that she feels the need to commit violent acts. Not exactly the answer you would expect. And while she is soft and vulnerable one moment, she turns to ‘steel' the next with dark thoughts and killer ideas. In my opinion, she owned the movie.


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