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Blue Steel (1989)

 -  Thriller  -  16 March 1990 (USA)
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A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.

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On her first day on the job, NYPD officer Megan Turner, the lone officer on the scene, shoots and kills the perpetrator of a supermarket hold-up. Since no gun was found on the perpetrator's person or at the scene and none of the witnesses could corroborate Megan's story definitively that the perpetrator was indeed wielding a gun, she is suspended from active duty. She is quickly albeit temporarily reinstated to the position of homicide detective because the spent shell casing from the bullet used in a subsequent murder had her name carved on it. This murder ends up being only the first in a series. Working on the case with fellow homicide detective Nick Mann, Megan initially has no idea who in her life could be the murderer. In short order, the murderer does show himself to her. He is commodities trader Eugene Hunt who she met immediately following her suspension and who she has since dated. He also implies to her that he was in the supermarket at the time of the hold-up and that he ... Written by Huggo

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In the first murder, Eugene fires two rounds into the victim from a revolver, then walks away without ejecting the engraved shell casings later found at the scene. See more »

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Eugene Hunt: I want you to see it... the light... then nothing.
Nick Mann: Up yours you fucking freak.
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"24 hours on the force and she's already blown some poor slob's face off."
26 October 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There's a scene early in Blue Steel where newly sworn-in cop Jamie Lee Curtis passes a couple of girls from the neighborhood. The two women do a spinning double take over the sight of a female police officer. Curtis smiles proudly and swaggers on past them. How you react to this scene pretty much will decide whether or not you are capable of enjoying this movie. The scene, like the film, begs to be ridiculed. Blue Steel is full of clichés and characters who act like "types" instead of real people. The dialogue is often cringeworthy and trite. The plot makes little sense. I'm pretty sure the screenwriters started with about fifty pages of F words and tried to write a script around that. However, despite all this, I find myself enjoying this movie.

Curtis is a very likable lead, if not wholly believable. She's certainly easy on the eyes. The supporting cast does great considering the material. Ron Silver, an actor I've never been particularly fond of, gives the performance of his career. He must have been on a scenery-chewing diet because he overacts like it's going out of style in this movie. The direction is slick and the movie has a polish to it that gives it a different look than most cop films up to that point. Overall it's an enjoyable and sometimes sexy thriller, with some unintentionally hilarious moments throughout.

As for that scene I mentioned at the start of this review: my own reaction was to roll my eyes and then smile. I fully recognize the corniness of the scene. But sometimes I like corn.


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