It's fine, and Robert De Niro is surprisingly bad.
The rip-off of The Battleship Potemkin is good though.
You can think of BLOW OUT as THE CONVERSATION and an Alan Pakula paranoia thriller filtered through De Palma's hyper-stylized sleaze.
John Travola gives one of the best performances of his career, and Nancy Allen and John Lithgow are more than capable co-stars. What stands out is the extraordinary editing, such as those moments where we watch Travolta's character, a sound engineer, piece together an accident, and attempt to attain the truth, from bits of film and stray sound.
The fact that it’s taken me almost two weeks to write a review for this movie should be evidence enough of how much it’s weighed on my mind.
I almost don’t know what to say. Words that come to mind when thinking about this movie are: stark, austere, claustrophobic, uncompromising, compassionate, angry, beautiful, bleak, righteous.
This is a film about a man in profound spiritual crisis, whose inner deterioration is reflected in the literal deterioration of the environment around him.…