Like a good magic act that you know is fake, but it's done with such skill that it doesn't even matter. It's almost exclusively an exercise in form, but the director goes all in on this one. Sexy, dreamy, having just enough story to provide a basic carcass for the images to unwind, this is cinematic show-ponying of the highest order almost.
Rebecca Romjin going down on Rie Rasmussen is the highlight of the movie in this confused "who fools who" movie filled with hallucinations, dreams and flashbacks. It is gorgeous to look at and Rebecca is hardly difficult to look at, but the acting itself is non-existent and I hate the kind-of reset button twist at the end.
Rewatch. Seems very new and old-fashioned at the same time. In its way, it picks up where Body Double left off in that just as that film was a deconstruction of sorts of a modern 'thriller,' this one seems to deconstruct the conventions of roman noir/film noir.
He literally foregrounds the answer in multiple shots, but it's still a shock when it comes. Primarily because you spend most of the runtime questioning just what the hell this movie actually is. A collection of cool sequences and concepts cut from prior pictures is one answer, De Palma's homage to his own prior homages. The serpent of cinema swallowing its own tail as it wraps around a breast.
An interesting and suspenseful movie that might not make much sense if closely scrutinized but it delivers in narrative purpose and pacing. Romijn makes for a compelling lead and get to show her range but Banderas is miscast but servicable. Great support from Henry and Coyote though. Camera work is amazing as is the score from Sakamoto. Probably the last decent film from De Palma.
Generally, Brian De Palma is not the director you should look to for a take on female psychology—he's too enamored of male fantasies, and the two are barely tangent. But I'd be curious to know what women cinephiles make of this one. Its good girl/bad girl split makes for an intriguing inner life: the "good girl" may be safer, but there's real satisfaction in knowing she could be the "bad girl" if she really wanted.
What the! Inconceivably brazen film, the apotheosis of De Palm's cinema so far, perfect symbiosis of style and content. What this film does in the final 10 minutes is positively confounding, a grand testament to the dream-like quality of cinema, the visualisation of our wildest desires. Bold film from a filmmaker who dared to challenge the conventions of trash by offering it to us as art. I accept your offer.
To some extent, De Palma knows how to lead the viewer by the nose and turns Rebecca Romijn into a really bad bitch. Yet, the ending was compeletely flat. The blue room with running water was my favorite. Banderas looked funnily misplaced as if transported from some Almodovar's movie.