Wednesday, February 1, 2012

100 Movies - No. 15: Blow Out

15. Blow Out (1981)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, 107 minutes
Directed by Brian De Palma
Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz

Jack Terry (Travolta), a sound engineer, is outside gathering sounds to add to his library when he records a car accident. On closer inspection, he believes that there was a gunshot immediately before the accident. A presidential candidate is the victim and Terry becomes obsessed with reconstructing the crash in his mind.

The film succeeds because of mystery and suspense and it feels like a Hitchcock movie at times. Travolta is very convincing in the role. It's an interesting twist on movies based on events that have been witnessed visually. The pacing is just about perfect.

Criterion's Blu-ray presentation is as good as you might expect and the special features include another complete De Palma movie.

If you like Blow Out:

The most obvious suggestion is Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up in which a photograph reveals a potential murder in the background. David Hemmings stars and, like Travolta in Blow Out, becomes obsessed with learning the truth about the event he witnessed.

Click here for my full review of Blow Out.

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