The Big Blue

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime, Mystery

As opposed to the best films noir--with their wickedly savvy scripts, hypnotically masterful direction, and indelible performances--THE BIG BLUE offers hyper-stylization and little else. Visually sophisticated in the exaggerated, cheap mode of pulp detective-novel jackets, with purposely stilted dialog that parodies the terseness of the 40s film noir classics,...read more

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As opposed to the best films noir--with their wickedly savvy scripts, hypnotically masterful direction, and indelible performances--THE BIG BLUE offers hyper-stylization and little else. Visually sophisticated in the exaggerated, cheap mode of pulp detective-novel jackets, with purposely

stilted dialog that parodies the terseness of the 40s film noir classics, it little honors the genre to which it aspires. The obscure, inwardly spiralling plot concerns private eye Jack Kidd (David Brisbin), who is hired by Myrna Monroe (Sheila McLaughlin) to tail her cop husband (Jim Neu), whom

she suspects of adultery. Jack discovers Monroe is really setting up a drug deal with the lowlife Max (John Erdman), then hops into the sack with Max's girl friend (Taunie Vrenon), whereupon the confusion really begins, with a number of betrayals and counter-betrayals ensuing before the climactic

shootout. Brisbin is a studiously offbeat choice for THE BIG BLUE's Philip Marlowe, an ultra-nerd reminiscent of a less neurotic Woody Allen, and Vrenon is an apt partner for him, since she remains a blank throughout. There's some humor in the exchanges between Max and Monroe, and Bill Rice plays

a retired cop with patented downtown-Manhattan wryness, but otherwise THE BIG BLUE is strictly DOA.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: As opposed to the best films noir--with their wickedly savvy scripts, hypnotically masterful direction, and indelible performances--THE BIG BLUE offers hyper-stylization and little else. Visually sophisticated in the exaggerated, cheap mode of pulp detecti… (more)

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