Random Movie of the Week: Blow Out

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I am not sure why, but whenever I come across a lesser known movie that has some big names attached to it I cannot help but be drawn into watching.  Regardless of what the rating is on IMDb there is something that compels to watch it and ask “Why aren’t more people talking about this movie?”  When I think of John Travolta, the obvious hits come to mind like Grease, Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, and Get Shorty.  When I think of director Brian De Palma I think of his classics like Scarface, The Untouchables, and Mission: Impossible.  I will even toss out there John Lithgow and people immediately think of his television success in 3rd Rock From The Sun and his legendary role as the Trinity Killer in Dexter.  But if I were to say these three names can be found in the end credits of one movie and asked you to guess the name of it, I would be very surprised you would know the answer.  The movie I am talking about is drama/mystery Blow Out, this week’s random movie of the week.

A brief summary of the plot of Blow Out is as follows:  Jack Terry (Travolta) is a sound effect specialist for the movies who is out late one night trying to capture some new sounds when he catches hears and witnesses a car accident that sends the vehicle into a river.  Jack dives in to rescue whoever is inside and manages to pull out Sally (Nancy Allen) who was an escort for a politician on a path to becoming president.  Replaying the recording Jack develops the suspicion that this no accident that someone was out to murder the Politian which leads to some unwanted attention from some very dangerous people.  Here is the trailer:

If reading this you choose to do some research into whether or not you want to see it, go for it.  I would do the same.  But there is one thing I should mention before you do that, one source I found labeled this as a slasher film and I could not disagree more.  Even though there is someone going around tried to get Nancy Allen’s character I do not think it is far to call it a slasher film because to me a slasher film’s main focal point is the slashing, where as this film has a very interesting mystery and suspense to it than the slashing.

Anyway, De Palma once again has put together a taught thriller with Blow Out.  The movie moves along at a great pace and the camera angles are especially what impressed me.  I know sometimes I think myself turning my head when watching movies hoping it gives me a different angle but this movie never made me do that.  De Palma does a great job of showing an establishing shots and knowing when pull the camera back to give you a big picture view so to speak which is something I have always liked about his work.

Now being a movie about sound effect specialist for movies I think a movie that people will automatically think of with this is F/X.  The more I think about it the more similarities I see between the movies as far as an overall look at the story with the death of a political figure and working with the movie business but the events within the movie are quite different.  So if reading this and you think the two sound too much like the same movie, I can assure you they are not.  Blow Out is more about the mystery than the resourcefulness of Travolta’s character even though his talents do shine through.

So final verdict, I recommend checking out Blow Out if you have a chance to watch it.  I score it at about an 8/10.  It has a very cool story that has very few holes, solid acting from Travolta and Lithgow who again plays a very creepy and mysterious murderer.  Check it out.

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  1. #1 by AndyWatchesMovies on July 18, 2012 - 11:31 AM

    I love this film. The split focus shots are so amazing to me and I think we get the best performances out of Lithgow and Travolta here.

    • #2 by rochpikey on July 18, 2012 - 7:44 PM

      Yeah exactly! It’s too bad nobody really knows about this one. Thanks for the comment!

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