A policewoman (Jamie Lee Curtis) is suspended from duty after she kills an armed robber. Unfortunately a psycho bystander picks up her gun, and begins committing serial murders, which puts her under suspicion. –BFI
Kathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director, working in the science fiction, action and horror genres.
Bigelow was born in San Carlos, California, United States, the only child of a paint factory manager and a librarian. She broke into cinema via the art world, starting her creative life as a painter as a fellow at the Whitney Museum in New York. Bigelow entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism. Her professors included Vito Acconci and Susan Sontag. Bigelow worked with noted conceptualist Lawrence Weiner and worked with the Art & Language collective.
Bigelow’s first short film, The Set-Up (1978), is a 20-minute deconstruction of violence in film. The film portrays “two men (Gary Busey included) fight[ing] each other as the semioticians Sylvère Lotringer and Marshall Blonsky deconstruct the images in voice-over.” Her first full-length feature was The Loveless (1982… read more
As a story, it's daft(That scene where Jamie Lee arrests dad, wth?), but as a glossy fever dream, it has a sort of logic--Bigelow plays with performance and expectations from the start--lighting her cop and crook like idols and playing up the violence in an early grocery robbery scene for the audience, only to cut the feet out from under her cop, who expects to be a hero and winds up incompentent, in the next scene
As well, some serious fetishization of uniform, badge and gun leading to a conclusion that feels more morally ambiguous than it might on paper. Ron Silver with Tom Sizemore's magic criminal-making pistol reminded me in the oddest way of Cruising, and the way it suggested that violence was being passed on through a leather jacket and aviator shades
Even though "Near Dark" and "Point Break" are two of my favorite movies of all time, I avoided seeing the movie Bigelow made between them because, well, the trailer made it look like a predictable, gender-flipped take on "Sea of Love." And, more or less, that's what it is. The screenplay really stretches credibility at times but, as with any action picture she does, Bigelow directs the hell out of it.