This stylish Brian DePalma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack is a sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he doesn't know whom he can trust. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In the pre-credit "slasher movie" sequence, the shadowed reflections of both the "slasher" (intended or, at least, credible) and the camera operator and his Steadicam (unintended) can be soon in the tile wall to the right of the showering girl. Perhaps the reason the girl was hired, as explained to John T's character in the projection room by the film's producer, was thought to be a sufficient distraction so as to preclude a retake. See more »
A young, leading man named Jack, catches a terribly wrong accident on his sound monitor for a film he is working on. In later times, it turns this "accident" was not what it seemed. He is then brought into a surreal, dark, and horrifying world full of murder, conspiracy, romance, and death! In witnessing this horror, he rescues a young, innocent woman named Sally. Soon enough, after romance blossoms, they realize they are just loose ends in a nightmare conspiracy, and it won't be long before they are "cut off". Mystery and suspense lurk behind every scene in this one. Travolta has real charm and presence, and works well with his delightful co-star Nancy Allen, whom also shines a good performance. The story is extremely sad, and the events are shocking, not because of gore and blood, but because conspiracy is disturbing, and when it goes on unresolved, ones mind will get the best of them. Film leaves such familiar vibes from such real-life conspiracies as the JFK, the Black Dahlia, and others. This is clearly a personal opinion or feeling DePalma is giving us, and his film-making will make you shiver! By the end of the story, the tears are flowing! Well done DePalma! You have made a masterpiece! 10/10
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