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Kathryn Bigelow United States, 1989

Renton47's rating of the film Blue Steel

Steel is still a fairly radical film working within the genre confines, and it's almost impossible not to draw (reductive?) parallels between Curtis' beleaguered cop and Bigelow's status as Queen of Action. That shouldn't be a bad thing - this has tons of insight into the way empowered women are demonised and fetishised. The way the machinations gradually become fever dream-esque is hard to square w/ smart politics