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Michael Apted's direction sometimes gets in the way of true suspense, the middle of the movie seeming to slow down, and the killings take second place to the love affair. A red herring is thrown in and you might swallow it, but the identity of the killer once revealed may come as a surprise.
Stowe and Quinn have a good chemistry and good support comes from James Remar and Peter Friedman, but it is Madeleine's marvelous performance that enlightens this film.
Add to the quality of the performances the visual feel of the movie - Michael Apted has put together solid visual effects with a great and realistic vision of Chicago. This isn't the standard lakeshore/magnificant mile plus generic city that you usually see. This is the Chicago of the neighborhoods.
Finally, the music for this movie introduced me to The Drovers - a Chicago band that is absolutely brilliant. If you're anything like me, the day after you watch this, you'll be out hunting their cd's.
Aidan Quinn (no relation to Anthony) plays a cute and quirky detective in the Windy City on the trail of a budding serial killer. Madeleine Stowe is a blue grass/Irish violinist blind since she was eight. As the movie opens she is about to get cornea transplants, and before long she can see, sort of, which is important since she has become a witness to murder. Some of what she sees are flashbacks to the day before, which makes her a problem witness for the police. Some other flashbacks are to when her mother smashed her face into a mirror for playing with her make-up. How sick is that? I presume this was dreamed up by Dana Stevens, who gets credit for the script, which is a kind of mishmash of clever lines and shlock dialogue as though two different people (or half a dozen) wrote it.
Michael Apted's direction is not inspired although it isn't all that bad either. But he doesn't develop the serial killer's personality, and so the weirdo's motivation seems a bit of a stretch. Also undeveloped is the doctor whose love for Stowe is unrequited. The main thing is the erotic chemistry between Stowe and Quinn, and the personality of Stowe's character, which is original and the best thing in the movie. I think this would have received a better reception had Quinn's character fallen in madly in love with the violinist. As it plays, we are not sure whether he really cares or not.
Madeleine Stowe is sexy and does a good job in a demanding role, probably the most demanding of her modest career. See it for her.
The best thing about this movie is Madeleine Stowe playing the blind woman, Emma Brody, who is given a transplant operation to help her see again. While her sight is returning she witnesses a murder committed by a brutal serial killer and becomes his next target. Stowe plays her character really well, making the blind scenes look genuine and making you care about her future. Aidan Quinn was OK in his role as Detective John Hallstrom, the police detective investigating the serial killer case who (surprise, surprise) falls for Emma Brody. My main problem was that Hallstrom's role wasn't really appealing to me. He was an extroverted womaniser before he met Emma, and he never really matured from this point. In the first scene of the movie Hallstrom gets drunk in a bar and tries to get Emma's attention, not realising that she is blind. I thought Hallstrom seemed like a moron in this scene and it didn't really bode well for the rest of the film or the developing relationship between them. I was actually much more intrigued by Hallstrom's police partner Thomas Ridgely, played by the quieter James Remar. The only problem with Emma's character is that the story demands that she does a couple of silly things, such as slipping away from her police bodyguard in the middle of the night and other unnecessary actions that nobody sensible would do when being hunted by a killer.
The plot is pretty standard stuff although it is shot well and the acting is good.Read more ›
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Madeline stowe is amazing, love her work in everything. This is good to have in the collection.Published 6 months ago by Jessica
Aidan Quinn and Madelene Stowe have great chemistry together. I remember seeing this on the big screen many years ago.Published 10 months ago by Rosanne Balison
Aidan Quinn is such a good actor, I will watch any of his movies. This one doesn't disappoint either.Published 11 months ago by SillyPH
This ranks in my all time favorite moves so when I saw it at this low price, I had to buy it. Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn are great together, each complementing the other. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cyndi Mears
"BlinK" is a most enjoyable romance/action/crime story, with terrific performances by Madeleine Stowe and Aiden Quinn. Read morePublished 12 months ago by FN
this particular movie blink is one of my all time favorite movies over the last 20 or so years! starring the gorgeous Madeleine Stowe of the movie revenge! Read morePublished 14 months ago by #21
The story is very basic (woman with uncertain vision is chased by maniacal killer), but the characterization of the leading lady Emma (Madeleine Stowe), the hardened detective... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elizabeth Pyatt