mum and dad
I was expecting a good film with Blow Out, it was pretty highly rated on IMDB, it had a well known cast and director and it had a good storyline...but I was a little bit wrong... 'A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.'
Blow Out starts off well, you meet the characters, you see some humour, (starting off with the worst scream out of a horror film.), and it gets into the action pretty darn quickly. All good so far. Jack sees the crash, and rescues the damsel in distress, the annoying and very niave Sally, and the kind hit it off. All is pretty good, the film is still good and then, yayyy, John Lithgow comes along. A man who I have never seen play a good guy in anything, oh, apart from 3rd Rock from the Sun, but I always think of him as trying to end Santa so...
I trust him as a villian, he gives off a brilliantly scary and creepy feel to any character, and he was probably one of the best things about this film, he held up his side and did his job. But even with him, as the film goes on, you start to lose interest, the characters get a bit annoying, the story starts to drag and you kind of just want it over.
At one point in the scene, Sally and Jack have a plan to meet with the killer, (I obviously have skipped details, but you don't want me to just explain it all because you would lose the will to live.), she wears a wire and he waits outside in the car as she meets him. Long story short, Jack soon realises that he is the killer and is after Sally, and is taking her somewhere to kill her, all Jack has to go off on saving her is what he can hear in his ear piece. But, she, at no point, realises the killer is trying to trick her. She just keeps walking towards the darkest and emptiest part of the train station, not even thinking, 'hmm, this is a bit weird'. The killer told her he was a news man and wanted to do a feature about the crash and her and the tape that the crash is on, at no point does she think why would a reporter take me into the darkest part of a station. Not only that, but he actually gets her on a train and leaves the station, for no reason at all.
And she never once says where they are going out loud, or anything about her surroundings to let Jack know where they are.
Sally is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but don't let me make you think Jack is much better. When he realises where they are going, he gets in his car, and drives towards them, but through blocked off roads and a parade and into a window, knocking himself out cold. And, I get that he wanted to get there and save her, but when a road is blocked, for say a parade, there is always a diversion, epecially in a big American city and especially when they know it is going to be busy, like say if there was a parade. Just dumb ideas really. Just frustrating turns of events in this film.
Blow Out started good, but just didn't deliver, John Lithgow was the best character hands down, and he was the killer so that is saying something. The film ends and you're left with questions, questions that apparently were mentioned in the film but neither me or my dad picked up - like, why did John Lithgow kill other girls when he knew he wanted just Sally, and who blew out the tire? These were apparently mentioned in said film, but both of us watching missed it all.
Blow Out also has one of the most depressing but also cruelest endings to a bad film ever. I won't say why, but yeah, it's not a happy ending at all. I wouldn't recommend this...
Dad said there is an older film, pretty much the same story line to this called Blow Up, (cheeky...), which is better. See that instead.
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