contains all the familiar elements of action cinema, such as gun fetishism and the glamorisation of violence, yet tells the story from a uniquely feminine viewpoint. Directed by one of Hollywood's few female action directors, Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break
, Strange Days
), and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Blue Steel
is superficially an engaging action thriller about a rookie cop stalked by an obsessive killer, but Bigelow also offers an underlying message about our fascination today with gun culture and violence. The director subverts an essentially male-dominated genre with a film that displays all the requisite action credentials yet at the same time offers a portrait of how women deal with a violent world. --Abi Brennan
Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a rookie cop who gets accused of being trigger-happy when she blows away a supermarket robber during her first day on the job. Suspended from duty, Megan finds herself the object of desire for killer Eugene Hunt (Ron Silver), who has stolen the robber's gun from the scene of the crime. What follows is a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which Megan's life and career both hang in the balance.