Basic Instinct

Name: Basic Instinct
Year: 1992
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 127
Description: A former rock star, Johnny Boz, is brutally killed during sex, and the case is assigned to detective Nick Curran of the SFPD. During the investigation, Nick meets Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist who was Boz’s girlfriend when he died. Catherine proves to be a very clever and manipulative woman, and though Nick is more or less convinced that she murdered Boz, he is unable to find any evidence. Later, when Nilsen, Nick’s rival in the police, is killed, Nick suspects of Catherine’s involvement in it. He then starts to play a dangerous lust-filled mind game with Catherine to nail her, but as their relationship progresses, the body count rises and contradicting evidences force Nick to start questioning his own suspicions about Catherine’s guilt.
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone and George Dzundza
Genres: Mystery, Thriller

The first half of the story is quite compelling, but I sort of lost interest as the film progressed, though some moments did stand out (the final scene, for instance!). Because of unclear reasons, I had already watched the sequel a few months ago, and to be honest, I liked it better, though Sharon Stone sounds totally different in that one (rather weird) and I have been told that her acting is terrible in the sequel. This one certainly wasn’t bad, but one scene in which Stone pretends to break down didn’t really convince me, though her overall performance is quite mesmerising. When I first watched this film, I wasn’t a big fan of the ending either, but I now find it pretty awesome.

The main theme of Jerry Goldsmith’s score is gorgeous. Lots of cues passed me by, but there are certain moments, such as the nightlife scene, where the music has an incredibly enticing and alluring quality, which suits the story perfectly. And the ending needs mentioning here as well: that piano and bass flute is so chillingly beautiful and appropriate. And on top of that, the recording is crystal-clear, which makes it even better.


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