A guilty pleasure but nothing more, Sliver
is a tame thriller, made at the height of Sharon Stones fame as she rode high off the back of Basic Instinct
. Where Sliver
goes wrong though is in effectively trying to transpose the elements that made Stones name into the film (right down to getting Basic Instinct
scribe Joe Ezterhas to pen the script) It doesnt work, but you cant deny that the mess it all ends up as isnt strangely entertaining.
The plot follows Stones character as she rents a room in an elegant block of flats. So far so good. But then theres the small matter that someone is using an extensive surveillance system to watch Stone and the other inhabitants of the flats. Could it be Alec Baldwin? Could it be Tom Berenger? As the two of them fight for Stones affections--replete with obligatory sex scenes--there's a high chance you wont actually be that bothered, as the film desperately tries to grasp what made Basic Instinct a major hit, yet fairly brutally fails.
But still, theres fun to be had. The acting is evenly under par, and Phillip Noyces direction is far from his best, yet thanks to a series of unintentional giggles and a fairly snappy pace, Sliver does has its moments. Just not that many of them
Joe Eszterhas' screen adaptation of Ira Levin's novel. Sharon Stone plays Carly, a lonely book editor who becomes involved in a steamy affair with Zeke (William Baldwin), a rich computer whiz who owns the apartment block she has just moved into. There have been a number of murders in the building, and when Carly discovers that Zeke has the whole building wired up with an elaborate video surveillance system, she wonders why none of the murders have been captured on tape.