Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
A soundman accidentally records the evidence that proves a car "accident" was murder, and consequently finds himself in danger.
I'm lowering the rating on this from my last viewing, but not because I enjoyed in any less. On the contrary: if anything I enjoyed it more with the benefit of hindsight and the ability to focus on particular elements of the film. Rather, I'm giving it a lower rating this time around because I can see where other audiences might not love it the way I do.
There are several aspects of the film which are pulpy or cheesy or even slightly thin or superficial. In particular, Nancy Allen's ditz of a character, John Lithgow's cartoonishly evil villain, and Pino Donaggio's lavishly bombastic soundtrack all feel like something out of a trashy slasher film. But for me, that's part…
The works of Brian De Palma are cinema's comfort food, and Blow Out is the tastiest of all. Plus, it has John Travolta, and an ending for the ages.
"The bang was before the blowout."
A movie sound man stands on a bridge, recording the sounds of the night. He then hears something - a car. The vehicle comes into view as he witnesses it crashing off the road and into the small lake below. He quickly dives into the lake and manages to rescue a female passenger from the backseat. The driver, the governor of Philadelphia and a Presidential nominee, is dead.
The sound man, named Jack (Travolta), plays back his audio recording of the car crash and hears what seems to be a gunshot right before the car takes its plunge into the lake. Jack believes that the gunshot is what caused…
No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!
Oh, I beg to differ...
Actually, I was never a big fan of conspiracy films. I mean I like them, but it's not a sub-genre I was ever quick to hunt down.
I was never a big Travolta fan.
I was never a big De Palma fan.
Who knew that by putting them all together would make an instant favorite? I sure as hell didn't.
First, I gotta say, I'm with Quentin Tarantino on this one...why the hell did directors never use John Travolta to his full potential after this one? I mean, shit man. He's just incredible. Every one else is great too, but Travolta completely owns this show and…
Everything I wanted but didn't know. From the very first frame I was hooked. The film has the look and feel of something made in the 70's and I guess it's close enough.
I loved everything about it. The music is still playing in my head. It hits all the notes one could want. Dramatic, chilling, fun and beautiful when the scene calls for it. It really sells the deeper moments between Travolta and Allen - not that the actors don't do a good enough job selling it on their own. In fact, this is probably Travolta's finest performance. I'm with the guy all the way. And Nancy Allen is so sweet and endearing in this role. Normally her type…
Blow Up and The Conversation as filtered through Brian De Palma is actually a pretty good formula for a film. De Palma is a talented filmmaker who knows how to insert a little fun into his tense thrillers, and while there are moments when he lets his cheezy instincts get the better of him, there are also moments where that really works--see the later scene where John Travolta drives through the Liberty Day parade at full speed, for instance.
This film is full of great shots, but the one that stuck out most is the one where the prostitute is in the subway station bathroom, and the Liberty Bell strangler walks in. It's shot from above, with the prostitute in…
Forget Scarface (which I do love), "Blow Out" is DePalma's masterpiece.
Everything just works, and there isn't a dull moment, bad beat, or unnecessary scene in the whole thing. It's about so much, that it's actually under 2 hours is extraordinary. Politics, filmmaking, mad slashers, conspiracies, sex, it has everything.
One of the best openings to any film ever.
One of the best car chase scenes ever.
And one of the best punch-to-the-gut-gasp-for-air-punch-to-the-gut-again endings ever.
I mean my God it's phenomenal.
Une très bonne surprise que ce "Blow Out", porté par la mise en scène excellentissime du génie De Palma et par le jeu parfait de John Travolta, on est captivé tout le long du film par cette histoire, sans temps mort et au suspense haletant. En effet, le film bénéficie d'un montage ultra rythmé, dosant les séquences d'une main de maître, il plonge littéralement le spectateur dans la fiction. Ce que j'aime le plus chez De Palma, c'est sa façon de réaliser et de monter ses scènes. Y a toujours une idée géniale derrière, les plans sont magnifiques, les idées de montage également. C'est véritablement du grand et du pur cinéma. La musique est par ailleurs très bonne. Je n'ai pas grand chose à rajouter, hormis le fait que j'ai trouvé la fin plutôt brutale et surprenante, mais le film vaut vraiment le coup, je n'ai pas vu les 1h40 passer, à voir !
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I didn't expect to be as invested as I was in the plot. Probably one of de Palma's and Travolta's most underrated films. Watch it people!
I've seen Blow-Up a few years ago and dug it, but now that I've seen it's (really quite loose) remake, I can say that I like them about the same. Blow-Up's aesthetic might be stronger, and I love that twist ending, but I really do get into Travolta's world of sound mixing, having some experience in it myself. And speaking of sound, the music, man. Just wow.
Quiero ver todo Brian de Palma.
Ese Travolta tiene algo, no me parece particularmente guapo, no particularmente buen actor, pero tiene algo que funciona perfecto.
Me puso a pensar sobre la ética de los personajes y las circunstancias en las que ocurre al película, vaya no creo estar descubriendo nada nuevo, pero pareciera que desde todas partes nadie es ético en su actuar.
One of my favorites.
For this viewing, thought about how they'd update it for a contemporary remake. The act of filmmaking itself has gotten much less cinematic. Would it involve a teen unwittingly capturing a murder on vine? If we didn't go the teen route, I feel like Jake Gyllenhaal would make a great John Travolta.
Made me miss Philadelphia (my hometown). Always love seeing weatherman Dave Roberts pop up on the newscast.
Watched it with boyfriend who remembered seeing it on HBO in high school and disliking it. I feel like you need to be instructed how to appreciate a DePalma film. He loved it this time around.
John Travolta actually used to be a good actor and De Palma was once a good director. Unfortunately, De Palma still manages to desperately hold onto the past glory of that split-screen sequence from Sisters, injecting it into Blow Out without any inventiveness or creativity but more so like an aging rock-star going through the motions with his catalog of hits.
However, he does make up for it with that continuous 360 pan while Travolta frantically paws his way through his tapes as the static hiss of his now specter audio layers on top of itself. Now, that scene was straight gold.
Anyone else notice that De Palma movie blood is some of the worst movie blood?
Very underated film. I just don't think people realize what a good actor Travolta is and when they see this movie they know. Very good script and idea for a movie. Very entertaining.
Out of all the Brian De Palma movies I've seen (& there've been too many for my taste), this was definitely my favorite. The cinematography was spectacular, & I love how he made a Philadelphia film the way others at the time were making New York films (I love - like love - Philly, ok). The suspense was great, the narrative actually made sense, the pacing was perfect. There's no doubt that this is an 80's film, but it's actually still pretty fresh, despite its soundtrack. All in all, Blow Out was a surprisingly not unpleasant experience for me.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 168/753
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
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