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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Rewatch. This has always been the De Palma I would recommend to 'just anybody': It's probably his most fun, the violence is mostly implied, the plot actually makes sense, and it contains all the meta stuff that he's obsessed with (and happily the meta never draws too much attention to itself).
A nicely downbeat late-cycle paranoia conspiracy by a master magpie fluidly marshalling his borrowings. The myriad cross-references occasionally obscure the textural merits of the film with too many political and media signposts, none of which are profound - the recurring 'patriotic' colour palette is laid on thick. However it's brilliantly constructed - conducted even - and repays choice revisits for its sour view.
As someone who edits audio on a daily basis, 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.
Not De Palma's best, a little dated here and there and Allen's character annoyed the hell out of me, but a good and very entertaining thriller. Fairly reminiscent of earlier work at points, which was nice to see, and Travolta is good here. Nothing special, but a fun conspiracy story. 3.5/5
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.
There are things about this film that I found incredible, however as a whole I can't say I loved it. That being said, I thought it was very good. The visuals were incredible and so is Travolta who I don't always love. The paranoia runs strong here and that ending was fucking amazing. Guess I just wasn't as captivated as I had hoped to be. Still very very good! Definitely gonna keep watching more De Palma.
Hitchcock would have killed to make this film. Blow Out is a wonderful piece of entertainment and heads and shoulders above Scarface. It's balancing of horror, suspense, and satire is bar none. At times it's like a crazy opera, but the ending just blew me away, it came out of nowhere and was really quite tender and sad. De Palma is a director who deserves more of my attention.
The ending is positively gutting, and you can tell De Palma views the film as much more than a formalist thriller. The film's many setpieces are ruthlessly effective, but there's something of the director's grand operatic styling missing that, together with an uncommonly strong consideration of character, might have made Blow Out a masterpiece. Nancy Allen is tremendous.