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.
I love De Palma's personal handling of the camera like we're not allowed to see as in the beginning where we're watching a movie at Jack's work. But although the movie starts very intriguing and exciting the story goes into free fall and some decisions (so the movie works) are just sloppy, like that regretful ending. Nothing here unless the soundtrack can be compared to "The Conversation" by Coppola.
As someone who edits audio on a daily basis practically, I find this film intoxicating. It's one of John Travolta's best performances, and the suspense is palpable. I love the office scene with the swirling camera.