Blown Away (1992)
Peter R. Robinson
slick-beyond-reason teen-thriller is overloaded with ominous scenes and
incidents from the first minute, and keeps weaving an increasingly
twisting plot filled with sex, deceit and murder until not even the
characters are quite sure what their next move should be. In a sense,
Blown Away is more ambitious than its contemporary genre equivalent
Basic Instinct, because in here teenagers are supposed to feel like kids
but act like (crazed) adults. Along with the insufferable
this represents the culmination of the Haim/Feldman tenure where The Two
Coreys seem to have had a bit too much influence. The kids arguably had
fun in their own out-of-touch way, but their lack of connection with reality and their
own age group had become quite apparent by the time of Blown Away.
The objective of director Brenton Spencer is to make a dangerous and hip
thriller, but although the film at times is fun and even suspenseful, the
script turns out to be stupid, awkward and exploitative more than
anything else. The film's best asset is undoubtedly a handful of steaming
sex scenes of delightful 1990s quality. You can tell Mr. Haim and Ms.
Eggert had rehearsed these scenes quite extensively.