Blown Away (1992) from Tuna

Blown Away (1992) is a Canadian direct to video that is being released on DVD next week. It stars Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Nicole Eggert. The DVD includes the 92 minute R-rated version. Based on IMDb comments, there seems to have been an unrated version, also 92 minutes, once released on VHS and no longer available. The comments indicate that the unrated version extended the sex scenes, of which there are many. I have to say that, in this case, there is more than enough sex and nudity from Eggert already. There are at least 4 sex scenes and a shower scene, and we get many long clear looks at her breasts and buns. She appears to be completely nude in some scenes, but in the one crotch shot, which has motion blur, she is clearly wearing a flimsy g-string.

This is either a soft-core with a little better than average plot and is a little light on the nudity, or a thriller with a very weak plot and enough sex and nudity to detract from the story. Either way, the 5.1 IMDB rating is deserved. Comments fall neatly into two camps, those who love seeing Eggert naked, and those who hate the lame plot. Eggert is a spoiled rich girl whose mother is killed by a car bomb in the opening scene. Police rule it an accident.


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Cut to a year in the future. Haim is the activities director at a ski lodge owned by Eggert's overbearing father. Feldman is his half brother, who also works at the lodge. Haim meets Eggert when her horse spooks, and is invited to a party at her father's home. She is 17 at the time, but that doesn't stop Haim from bedding her, time after time. Eventually, she makes it obvious that she wants him to help kill her father. She also claims her father killed her mother. (Marina Sirtis had a walk-on part as the exploding mother.)

The plot twists and turns from there in a mostly predictable fashion, but was never really engaging.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

With these characters and basic premise, they could have tightened up the sex scenes and overhauled the plot, thus creating a much better film by turning it into an erotic thriller. As it is, trapped somewhere in between erotic film and thriller, this is barely watchable. C-.

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