Blue Steel (Bigelow, 1989)

Blue Steel (Kathryn Bigelow, 1989)

Extremely entertaining, full of much of what I love about good 80s movies – A nice synth soundtrack coupled with the cinematography technique of harsh lighting that beautifies the smokes, dusts, and grimes of our world. Mood and setting mean a lot to me and the atmosphere does quite a bit to cover up the silly plot and misplaced feminism. Bigelow touches on the evolving role and increase in power (both in society and in internal psyche) of the female gender. But so many of the plot points used to get there are so inconceivable, she would have been much better off just sticking with simplicity of ideas and been proud of her ability to capture a time period and setting in the poetic way she does.  8/10

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