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on 17 February 2017
This film is nothing short of a directorial masterclass: the visuals are filthy rich, with dozens of brilliantly filmed & striking scenes. De Palma is truly a master of ‘the shot’ as he effortlessly throws in a barrage of intricate, flashy, techniques: 360 spinning, dolly shots, split-screens, dual-focus, playing with depth of field & perspective… he has technical flare and style to burn here.

Travolta matches this with an intense portrayal of an investigative man-on-the-edge. The music and sound effects are great, until the end when a cheesier score dominates the picture. The plot is good, and backstory perfectly stitched through the movie, My favourite aspect is the horror movie tropes being poked fun at through the sub-plot, particularly at the start: the opening film-in-a-film scene, and his previous movies named ‘Bloodbath’, ‘Bloodbath 2’, ‘Bad day at Blood Beach’, ‘Bordello of Blood’…

Blow Out is a rare example of directorial technique, story, action, and acting being massaged together perfectly to create something powerful, dramatic and iconic – it’s enviable how good this movie is. I can’t wait to re-visit this already
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 January 2015
Brian De Palma has always gotten a bad rap for his penchant for essaying his heroes and favourite thrillers, what often gets forgotten is just how great he could be in crafting said thrillers.

Blow Out has John Travolta as a sound engineer for low budget horror movies, who while out recording sounds one night witnesses a car crash and dives into the river to rescue the call girl trapped in the back seat (Nancy Allen). Upon listening back to the footage of the crash, he hears two noises which point to a gun shot being fired at the car. So with the dead man in the car turning out to be a big political mover, he quickly finds himself spun into a web of intrigue, peril, paranoia and conspiracies. Can he and the girl stay alive long enough to solve the case?

Blow Out finds De Palma at the top of his game, blending the twisty plot dynamics with virtuoso technical smarts. A number of scenes are striking, both visually and in execution and the garnering of acting performances. Pino Donaggio provides an unforgettable music score to marry up to the layers of sub-plots folding together, and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond sharpens the primary colours to give the story a Giallo like sheen that runs concurrent with the emotional states of the major players.

A sprawling and bustling Philadelphia plays host to a conspiracy sandwich, with a corking side order of the film making process. Sometimes bleak and complex, but never over stuffed, Blow Out is both thrilling and smart, while Travolta has never been better and John Lithgow is tailor made as the unstoppable crack-pot unleashed into our two protagonists' world. 8.5/10
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on 6 March 2016
This is a perfect example of a movie that everyone seems to think is a great movie because everyone says it's a great movie. It isn't. Imagine your favourite Hitchcock thriller.
Now, leave in the imaginative camera angles and lighting, but remove the taut direction, excellent script, tense situations and rising drama and this is pretty much what you would be left with. Dishwater dull!
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on 16 June 2017
A good thriller with a stand out performance by John Travolta. The only downside was the casting of Nancy Allen whose skills as an actress leave much to be desired.
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on 6 October 2017
Bought for my husband for his birthday as he loves this film. Arrived in plenty of time,Thankyou.
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on 29 April 2017
If you like Brian de Palmer movies, this is for you
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on 27 April 2016
not great, just ok. a bit dated now.
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on 31 October 2014
Early Travolta, still a good thriller and again a remake would work.
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on 28 October 2014
A++ SELLER
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on 5 January 2016
Really good film. Stood the test of time
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