While recording sound effects for a slasher flick, Jack Terri accidentally records a political assassination. As he perilously romances the only eyewitness to the crime, together they uncover the truth.
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Blow Out is a film that could only be made by someone with a deep understanding of, and a great affection for, film-making. It's an example of using style as content rather than in place of it and the result is a rather brilliant film from an underrated filmmaker. It also boasts John Travolta's most fully realized, completely inhabited and absolute best performance of his career. An absolute masterpiece in every way.
At first glance simply a stylish and lightweight homage to Antonioni's "Blow-Up", but at the end one feels more imbued with the heavy, paranoid and futile post-'Nam and Watergate atmosphere of Coppola's "The Conversation" and "The Parallax View" than anything else.
One of the towering pictures of New Hollywood cinema -- and although it may have come after the conclusion of that fabled era, it still exemplifies (perfects, actually) the personalized vision, technical mastery, and periodically nihilist worldview held by it. Killer entertainment.