Basic Instinct by Richard Osborne
MICHAEL DOUGLAS: What were you doing on the night of the 27th?
SHARON STONE: What were you doing last night, Shooter?
DOUGLAS: I-- uh--
STONE: You dont mind if I call you Shooter?
DOUGLAS: It was dark. She could have had a weapon.
STONE: She was a yoga instructor, Shooter. They have martial arts skills.
DOUGLAS: Look, theres no need to get sarcastic. I had to make a split-second decision.
STONE: You know, Shooter, I hate yoga instructors. I found out once that my second husband was having an affair with a yoga instructor.
DOUGLAS: And what happened?
STONE: A week later, she got knifed by someone in an alley. Ice pick. They never found the murderer. [Pause] Dont you think we have a lot in common, Shooter?
DOUGLAS: Shut up. Im asking the questions here.
STONE: Sure you are, Shooter. Sure you are. [She uncrosses her legs] Why dont you ask me how wet I am?
In my original, unpublished review of Basic Instinct dated March 21, , I wrote the following: "There's a fine line between eroticism and exploitation, and Basic Instinct treads it, using nudity, sex, and violence to cover up the limitations of the story. Nevertheless, it delivers what it promises: a fast-moving, often-implausible thriller that glories in the lurid and the bloody. But the big difference between those movies and this one is easy to identify. The film's problems begin with its story, which is constructed with relentless manipulation in mind. It never plays fair with the audience, from the opening scene in which a naked blond woman - whose features are obscured by her hair - is shown ice picking someone to death to the final shot. As Basic Instinct wraps, many viewers will experience a sense of having been cheated, and the depth of the film's deception becomes evident upon deconstruction.
With some thrillers, that would be a damaging blow. This is not a movie where the outcome depends upon the personality or behavior of the characters. It's just a wind-up machine to jerk us around. Consider the last shot of the movie no, I will not reveal it. This shot allows us to discover whodunit - whether one of the characters is a murderer, or not. The screen has faded to black. Then we get the last shot, and it answers our question.
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From its opening sequence, the film is a castration fantasy that conducts a running critique of the titillation it is marketing. Leitch 1. From RoboCop to Starship Troopers , Showgirls to Elle , Paul Verhoeven has never quite resisted to urge to roll up his sleeves and play in the muck of genre and its omnipresent tropes. He revels — too much, for some — in the codes and conventions to the point that critics and audiences are sometimes not wholly clear on if he is de constructing, re constructing or outright beatifying the things we suspect he might initially set out to critique. Although firmly planted in film history as a canonical entry into the so-called erotic thriller category that permeated the s and s, Basic Instinct is at its heart a love-letter — in the way that only Verhoeven can do them — to Italian giallo cinema.
Paul Verhoeven, whose films include lurid techno-thrillers "Robocop" and "Total Recall" and now this red-hot, dangerously modern romance, will never be accused of not knowing how to get an audience's attention. Whatever else Mr. Verhoeven winds up being assailed for, with a film that is as violent and misogynistic as it is sexually frank, he hasn't pulled his punches. That opening murder scene serves as warning that "Basic Instinct" is not bound by the usual rules of decorum, not even those rules that apply to homicidal psychopaths playing cat-and-mouse games with the San Francisco police. It's no wonder that when Detective Nick Curran Michael Douglas and his partner, Gus George Dzundza , first interrogate the glamorous Catherine Tramell Sharon Stone , who is the prime suspect in that ice-pick murder, they exchange wary glances over Catherine's absolute diffidence and superiority. Neither the detectives nor the audience has seen anything quite like Catherine before.
The film follows a police detective, Nick Curran Douglas , who is investigating the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star. During the investigation Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the prime suspect, Catherine Tramell Stone , an enigmatic writer. Eszterhas developed the script in the s, which became a subject of a bidding war until Carolco Pictures acquired the rights to the film. From there, Verhoeven signed on to direct and Douglas and Stone joined the project, after many actresses were considered the role of Tramell. Before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and graphic depictions of violence, including a scene of rape. It was strongly opposed by gay rights activists, who criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous psychopath. Several versions of the film have been released on videocassette, DVD, and Blu-ray including a director's cut with extended footage previously unseen in North American cinemas.