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Paul Verhoevan's Basic Instinct is a controversial and hugely popular film which catapulted Sharon Stone to the A list. This is a raunchy sex film with A listers and a big budget. Whether or not the film works depends largely on expectations. If you're looking for an intelligent thriller with real characters, Basic Instinct will seem like a fraud. If, on the other hand, you don't care whether the story makes sense and all you're in search of are cheap thrills and naked bodies, the movie delivers. Of course if you want to see the film- see it for Sharon Stone. Basic Instinct didn't launch Sharon Stone's career, but it catapulted her to the next level. Stone gambled that, by showing everything she would end up on the fast track. It worked. Stone became a hot commodity, although it's worth noting that only the films in which she had nude scenes met with box office success. Her ability as an actress became eclipsed by her physical attributes.
Starring Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie and a host of other punts Gone in sixty seconds is exhilarating- but for only about 15 minutes. A car chase has to be really something if wants to impact the audience(think Bullit, To live and die in LA) and when the whole premise of a film is based on car chases that is bound to disappoint even if it were directed by a top filmmaker. Gone In 60 Seconds has a slick look but no soul. The characters are paper thin and tearing at the edges, the actors do little more than recite their lines, and the numerous action sequences are aimed squarely at teenage boys. One wonders if car crashes and explosions have replaced the sight of naked women in the average 13-year old male's wet dreams. Gone In 60 Seconds delivers what it advertises - lots of cars (they easily upstage the actors), a souped-up music score, slick production values, and a fair number of generic action sequences. Everything is overdone to the point of being ludicrous. (Watch it for cars and explosions and leave the thinking button off).