What distinguishes this movie from the other similar run-of-the-mill stuff is its distinct timing. Released in 1992, Basic Instinct was first of the kind to venture into the bold and daring world of exposure and exploitation. From suspense to drama to every minute speculation and of course passion, this movie has all that it promises. So if you are looking for more, you will be disappointed. What starts as an investigation of a brutal murder case runs superficially into an attempt to uncover a psychotic killer. Of course it is senseless and shallow with fake characters, but it delivers to its guarantee of sensual performances by top rated stars.

A former rock-n-roll star has been ruthlessly murdered during sex and found in a compromising position in his house at night. The murder weapon – ice-pick. The prime suspect – his girlfriend/sex-partner Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), a filthy-rich seductive writer, whose leisure time activity is to have sex. At the centre of the investigating team is Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), who has a notorious record for having taken a few too many innocent lives. Nick is under constant behavioural and psychological evaluation by the police-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Beth Garner (Jeanne Tripplehorn) who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend. As the investigation proceeds, the murder traces its genesis to a novel written by Catherine, highlighting uncanny similarity to the murder case under scrutiny. This makes Catherine either the perfect suspect (using the novel as the alibi) or the perfect victim (she would not be dumb to write a book and then commit a crime on the same line of thought). Nick is convinced of Catherine’s criminal intentions. Catherine’s past connection with deaths and murderers convinces him all the more. Catherine’s current work on a novel about a detective who falls for a wrong woman and dies, her collection of old newspaper containing articles on Nick, her thorough knowledge of his personal and professional life, and obviously her sexual charm do nothing but cause Nick to fall for her desperately. A couple more murders and a series of sensuous and passionate scenes lead to a climax (pun intended) where all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fit-in to reveal the mystery murderer.

The script has some of the most bold scenes and dialogues of all times. Catherine’s “crossing over” the legs became one of the most talked about scenes in the history of Hollywood. Her shady character comes alive with her impactful one-liners throughout the movie. “You gonna charge me for smoking”, “You know I don’t wear underwears”, “I only f***ed him” are a few to mention. To add to that are the dark characters of Roxy and Hazel Dobkins, Catherine’s girlfriends with criminal records of their own.

All in all, the movie successfully establishes a fast-pace passion thriller with not a single slag moment. Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone present a sizzling duo, with talked about forever scenes, not to forget Jeanne Tripplehorn as the good yet manipulating and deceptive doctor.

With the series of sexually explicit content that followed Basic Instinct, it would appear to be just another cheap thriller, but back then it was a trendsetter of its kind; no doubt it earned huge box office profits. My suggestion – Like it or hate it, but you got to watch this discussed, debated and ever remembered flick.

For Bollywood Lovers – Bollywood movie Chocolate (Starring: Anil Kapoor, Tanushree Dutta) makes a lame and disastrous attempt to copy the famous and “talked about” Sharone Stone shots.

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