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Kathryn Bigelow United States, 1989

Mugino's rating of the film Blue Steel

I love what it could have been, but the entire Eugene Hunt contrivance is utterly unnecessary. Rookie lady cop empowered by a gun should have supplied enough gender politics fodder to fill the entire film on its own. Think gender-flipped line from "Generation Kill": "...if you keep talking to your weapon like it's trim, everybody's gonna know you're a total psycho."