Basic Instinct (1992) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive novelist could be involved.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
Length: 127 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 37 out of 320 found boring (11.56%)

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Basic Instinct is a non stop thrill ride from start to finish and it keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end.

The film's only misstep occurs at the end, with an unsatisfactory ending that makes the whole film seem like some stupid, contrived game.

But even then, watching Detective Curran fall to pieces and revert back to his basic instincts is fascinating.

The third intriguing character of Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct" is Roxy (Leilani Sarell).

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.

I will begin by saying that this movie was very good; however, if you take out the beautiful Sharon Stone and the sex scenes, the plot becomes boring.

The S & M angle is poorly executed and the scenes involving S & M are so dull that they make the Marquis de Sade bored to tears.

Basic Instinct kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next.

The diversion with Jeanne Tripplehorn's character was an unexpected twist of sorts, and verges on being almost too coincidental to the other events going on, so it's not unusual to be left a little confused with the story's outcome.

While the characters of the two leads are fascinating, the performances don't do justice to the written characters.

The ending is empty,without a tool.

This movie is fantastic in every aspect, the acting is sensational, the story line is thrilling, and the sex scenes are brilliant.

There is so much here that is unresolved that it leaves an empty, unfulfilled feeling that the viewer has been suckered.

) It is a cheap, pointless, homophobic exploitation movie and he gives two out of five.

I think the heterosexuals can also be equally offensive, as some feminists like Camille Paglia starts breaking things down to banal symbolisms, the opening killing with the ice pick is interpreted as, "Woman steals man's penis and uses it against him.

Its qualities are known—beautifully shot, fast paced, well scored, glamorous, suspenseful and sensational.

Michael Douglas's character manages to be sadder and more pathetic than Sharon Stone's- he plays a tough veteran homicide detective on the edge.

Silly, enjoyable thriller with loads of stupid porno sex .

I only know of one Verhoeven film besides Basic Instinct and Showgirls where feminine characters are displayed in such an utterly negative light, and in that one, Starship Troopers, the characterisation is more based on actual events in the lives of army recruits than a pointless, disabling fear.

In the end, "Basic Instinct" adds up (in the most contrived way possible)...

(Checkout Wallstreet or Traffic) The movie is a murderous thrilling mystery yet twisted in are some highly entertaining/shocking scenes in which the main characters acting are put to the test and I'd definetly give them a passing grade.

During the investigation Curran becomes involved in a torrid and intense relationship with the prime suspect, Catherine Tramell (Stone), an enigmatic writer.

It's a thrilling movie which throws the viewer into the middle of a puzzling killing spree, with an apparently clear murderer which nobody seems capable of convicting.

Neither erotic or thrilling .

Possibly the best suspenseful and sexiest thriller ever made .

I love the riveting car trailing scene) as well as the cool car chase scene later on.

breathtaking .

This movie was pretty entertaining at some points.

It's become the norm, the uber-emotional cliché for women and men singers.

It has a lot of suspense and sex(which could've been toned down a bit), in fact some of the most suspenseful scenes come when Stone and Douglas are together in bed(it actually happens every time she is in the bed).

If you ask me - Basic Instinct is the sort of film that demands that the viewer believe that they are actually watching a intensely penetrating psychological-thriller, when, in reality, what they are seeing is a story that is about as shallow and predictable as you could possibly get.

Finding the identity of a killer is always fascinating, no matter what you're watching...

While I have hardly anything against nudity and gratuitous sex in movies(and for that mater,seeing Sharon Stone being a part of it),i still found this film to be a long,repetitive exercise in misogynistic fantasy,spliced with bloody,agonizing murders.

I foundthe plot pretty murky and confusing, because of the many twistsand turns this movie happens to make.

A really thrilling movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, Stone has the most memorable female performance of the 90's, and the film is so brilliantly written, especially in regard to Catherine Tramell.

The colors used in the scenes and the backdrops of the beach house and the techno club are stunning.

Basic Instincy may have many weaknesses, but that dosen't take away from the fact that it's very exciting and will keep you entertained, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good mystery or thriller.

Very Entertaining .

Definitely worth watching if you have some time on your hands.

But her contribution is very real because BI trumps its genre (and its cousin, the Hollywood thriller) by exhibiting an unmatched level of eroticism – or just plain, enjoyable prurience.

It blends well with scenes and evokes the intriguing and haunting feeling.

The pace is grindingly slow.

With a few exceptions, I normally can't stand films centered on police detectives, cops or characters involved in similar professions since I find them to be boring, forgettable, and formulaic.

Although it has very good actors and very good story, it evolves slowly and apparently without any direction, maintaining a slow pace for about half of the movie.

It's got everything:SUSPENSE,SEX,ACTION,THRILLING,TRUE LIES, simply everything.

The suspenseful music is fantastic and the sex is hot.

Her pacing was off and she was flat (although that couldn't be said for her personally--two reasons she got some air time).

But, Esterhaz being a thrills-at-the-expense-of-logic seeker that he is, made that predictable last-minute thriller-movie twist: Stone has an ice pick lying beneath her bed, while she has sex with Douglas in the movie's last scene.

Though lasting just a few minutes, the entire sequence is absolutely stunning in its hush-hush game of sensual cat-and-mouse.

On top of that, the story had a reasonably intriguing complexity to it as did the two main characters.

Overall comment: Very exciting, intellectual thriller

"Basic Instinct" is a movie that offers a lot of exposed flesh - male, and, especially, female - but it is also a highly watchable and compelling, blood-soaked whodunit murder mystery.

How was this ever entertaining to anyone?

Waste of patience and money .

Basic Instinct is not a great movie, but it is an entertaining one.

This is a tense and exciting two hours.

Nevertheless, it delivers what it promises: a fast-moving, often-implausible thriller that glories in the lurid and the bloody.

Stone plays her role exceptionally well as the snappy, sexy Tramell.

In someway it is inevitable what will happen though the film does provide a few twists and exciting moments such as car chases and showdowns to justify the genre.

This movie has some intensive moments (aspecialy in car-chase scenes, which were great, though this isn't a action movie).

Needless to say, this is a pretty intense and gritty film.

From the derivative, cliché-welcoming mind of Joe Eszterhas comes this overwrought Skinemax entry dressed up with Hollywood gloss, name actors, and a load of pop-psychology terminology (that fails to convey a brain under all the cop-thriller conventions).

Here's a really hoary device -- Douglas is tearing through some mailboxes in an empty foyer while the music begins to pound, then a hand reaches in from out of the frame and grabs his shoulder, and the score emits a shriek.

The plot's too confusing to bother with.

Nick Curran (Micheal Douglas) a detective with a shady past meets Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) a manipulative mind-game playing bisexual novelist who is the prime suspect in the investigation of the vicious death via icepick of a former rock star and highly influential member of San Fransisco society in this gripping and tense erotically-charged thriller.

He tries them both out, and we see a lot of skin and hear a lot of fast breathing, and are kept on the edge of our whoopee cushions until the very end--and after, actually, as though the purveyors were already counting on the sequel.

thrilling till the end .

The role really was made for her, and it shouldn't even need to be said, that she was absolutely stunning in the movie.

There's absolutely stunning cinematography by Jan de Bont.

Douglas merits praise for this performance, which was so good that I was able to put my intense dislike of him for personal reasons aside and worry about the safety of the character he portrayed in the film.

At least SHOWGIRLS is endlessly entertaining in it's "so bad it's good" way.

This movie was an exciting erotic thriller.

If this movie had no sex, it would be the most pointless, predictable 'thriller' ever.

Her knowledge of art history and her astute recognition of symbols led me to look at this enjoyable film in a new light.

The most pretentious murder-mystery ever filmed .

the movie is worth watching many times just for sharon stone.

Adding to the confusion is Douglas' psychologist and lover (!

This said it is literally an entertaining B movie romp.

Don't waste your time.

A sleazy but enjoyable erotic noir .

It's a film that is muddled in its target audience and its approach and yet it remains compelling for the best part of its runtime with standout acting performances and several good scenes despite its graphic content although it's not a film you would want to watch twice in quick succession; even if the plot does demand that you do so.

I'm not writing this to critique this movie, which tho flawed was very enjoyable.

There's no story.

Paul Verhoeven's forceful directing and poor method ensure that the potentially intriguing plot is lost in the sex and violence.

On display is a stylish, sometimes deliriously entertaining modern day film noir, ready to titillate, manipulate.

It has an efficient pace that is undeniably one of the most entertaining stories I have ever seen.

It gets bonus points for uniqueness here, and for decent acting by the cast, but the visuals of the movie are low tech, gritty and boring.

The film is still quite sexually daring today and has an intriguing spider's web plot too.

During the investigation Curran becomes involved in an intense relationship with the prime suspect; the beautiful and mysterious Catherine Tramell.

Curren by then so out of it that he's doesn't quite know what world he's on, in all the confusion don't really know if Johny's murderer, as well as that of a number of other persons in the movie, is who we were made to think he, or she, is!

But Basic Instinct is a cool sexy, and dangerously intriguing thriller I liked from the word, "Go" that pushes boundaries in the sex and violence department.

The film is a great action-thriller, spiced up with sex and violence to make a very entertaining two hours.

Cue plenty more raunchy, near the knuckle nookie (including some rough rumpy-pumpy with the very sexy Jeanne 'gives me the' Tripplehorn), a few more gruesome deaths, a smidgen of exciting, pulse-pounding action, and the film's infamous blink-and-you'll miss-it shot of Stone's kebab as she uncrosses her legs during a police interview, all of which adds up to a whole heap of unmissable, jaw-dropping, eye-opening, big budget fun the likes of which we might never see again (unless Verhoeven can get Hollywood to forget all about Showgirls).

Despite this Basic Instinct still is enjoyable and having seen either of those films will have no affect on the unpredictability of the film.

Great directing, thrilling story, a gloomy, fascinating, emancipated, sensual woman.

The movie has so much more to offer: a great script, a breathtaking plot, excellent photography, good acting and music which is perfect for this thriller.

Anyway,Basic instinct is my favourite movie, because it's so exciting.

Well, they are bored.

Not a very realistic premise, but a very entertaining and top-notch thriller.

The film is an entertaining thriller with plenty of suspense.

More murders build up and nick gets entangled in a web of confusion and pain.

An average Italian Giallo from the 1970s is more thrilling than this dud.

Detective Nick Curran, who is a man perched on the edge of a suicidal ibis, tip toeing along the rim for a chance to solve the ultimate case of "who-done-it.

Still there are pointless sequences like where Nick and Catherine engage in a car chase for no discernible reason other than to serve as a dire attempt to jack up the energy level.

As Nick dives deeper into Tramell's mysterious past, he comes to fall into an intense and torrid sexual affair with her, just as the body count skyrockets.

Stone delivers her lines in such a way where it causes your eyes to be glued to the screen and your ass on the edge of the seat.

It's best seen as a teen viewer's coming of age film.

The movie is exciting and has a mysterious aura around it from beginning tell end.

Much the way Verhoeven portrays Curran as a rather dumb, predictable, and linear cop, he portrays Catherine Tramell and Dr. Beth Garner as intelligent women.

So there you have it: if you like film noir - melodrama squared, snappy lines and all the rest - go for it.

However, it can be slow at points, and is nothing compared to, 'Fatal Atrraction', which is the best Douglas film ever.

BASIC INSTINCT is just a bloated, slow story about men going through midlife crisis created by men who were simultaneously going through midlife crisis in reality.

A little slow and boring.

her body is breathtaking!

I felt Basic Instinct was heart-gripping, suspenseful, and a seat tipper.

I found it to be relatively enjoyable.

The film is without a doubt very interesting, at times suspenseful, and there are plenty of twists and revelations to avoid any boredom.

Two and a half car chases, one and a half of them completely pointless except to zap up the pace of the film.

On the other hand, it's seriously cheesy and over-the-top at times as well as truly dull in others.

Curran is a man perched on the edge of doom who is controlled totally by the women around him.

Its sexy, suspensful and unpredictable.

What a cliché...!Film rating 3/10

Overall this a movie well worth watching.

And while I found that whatever took place in the police department was fairly formulaic, it wasn't as much torture to sit or listen to as I thought it was going to be.

However, as enjoyable as the scene is, my mind kept thinking about the décor.

It's suspenseful, funny, and very sexy(Stone).

This film is thrilling.

It's nice to see a movie that has silly twists where everything fits perfectly to give very exciting and entertaining scenes.

Michael Douglas is well-suited for the role of the cop on the edge, with slicked-back hair to make him look younger.

Paul Verhoven's (Total Recall) Basic Instinct is exciting, erotic and entertaining throughout.

Absolutely top notch movie, thrilling from start till finish !.

It's extremely misogynistic and is very predictable.

Overall, Basic Instinct is a very seductive erotic thriller that is entertaining and shocking.

It keep you on the edge of your seat from start till finish.

Unless you just have to see Sharon Stone nude, don't waste your time with this garbage.

This is a very engaging movie with memorable performances and a fantastic ending.

This film is very well-made particularly thanks Joe Esztherhas' terrfic suspenseful screenplay and flashy Direction by Paul Verhoeven.

Basic Instinct one world's greatest thriller what a story-line great performances by SHARON STONE & Micheal DOUGLAS it was a definite GROUND BREAKER one of the sexiest films the thrilling of it blows you away besides the fact of the world's most famous scene in film history S.

There are dangling plot elements and shallow, confusing side shows.

But there's just something about this multi-million dollar pile of excess: perhaps it's the investment of credible actors like Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and yes--even Sharon Stone--in roles churned out of a dimestore detective novel; or maybe it's the extended sex scene midway through (the one sequence that succeeds in prurient titillation); it could be the dialog, which is so ridiculously contrived it makes Michael Bay's action potboilers look true-to-life by comparison.

One of the worst movie I ever suffered.

SEXPure, old-fashioned, enjoyable SEX.

Ok, I know that many wouldn't agree with me, but I think that BASIC INSTINCT is one of the worst movies ever made in the last fifty years - especially since it reached a cult status and many, including a friend of mine and my former girlfriend, love it (!!!

The hottest scenes are very choreographed, look spectacular and must have been very exciting by the time the film was released.

At the half point, all the creativity and invention (which made the first half so enjoyable) had been exhausted and all that was left was a dumb-down and sleazy screenplay.

That was very entertaining.

Still its enjoyable mindless rubbish that does not get better with each viewing.

Exciting Film that keeps you Thinking, .

This movie is highly intriguing and indeed fun to watch.

This film, described perfectly as an "erotic thriller" is always teetering on the edge of either violence or sex.

Intense Erotic Thriller .

This all leads onto a tense game of cat and mouse that leaves the movie unpredictable until the every end.

Along with a well written plot, there is a strong directing that helps the movie becoming suspenseful, even if using some old fashioned techniques-- or maybe they weren't old fashioned back then.

The plot line of Basic Instinct is rather weak though it works where it's showcasing the intense sexual love affair happening between Stone and Douglas.

Seductive, passionate, sensual, exciting, intriguing, what other words are there that describe this movie.

It was so amazing because you will never get a another film just like it, the performances of this great film were brilliant the film was thrilling and the characters showed know fright or scariness which made it MORE THRILLING...

Her seductive charm works on the male protagonist, which leads to confusion.

However, aside from the sexual materials in the film, the plot about the criminal investigation and the seductiveness of Trammell in trying to cloud Curran's mind and interfere with the investigation is quite intriguing.

Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone gave off quite a fascinating performance.

The film starts to become pretty self-indulgent, as the intrigue slowly becomes more convoluted and complicated to follow, with too many characters now to remember and too many dynamics between them.

While the screenplay had its fair share of intriguing elements, there were also some elements (namely the cheesy and implausible dialogue) that ruined it.

His movies are so damn entertaining.

Contains Spoiler I am very surprised this only gets 6.7/10(notably, IMDB's own staff give it 8.1/10) Its beautfully shot, fantastic plot/storyline, add to that a stunning, haunting soundtrack makes it into my top 10 of all time no question.

This movie really stands out as a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining film- AND IT'S SO DANG COOL!!

What a waste of time to watch this sh...

Basically, it's entertaining trash...

This movie was pretty entertaining at some points.

Of course it has been spoofed over and over again, but the fact remains that it truly is a gripping scene.

It's best seen as a teen viewer's coming of age film.

More annoying and pretentious than Tenebre(1982).

I saw it 9 years ago, and again last week, and even though I knew the outcome I still found the whole movie engrossing.

Overall, this film is worth watching, once, mostly for the plot's whodunit element.

Positively breathtaking.

But, let's admit it, even the most engrossing atmosphere in a movie should sustain a plot, coherent, connected, fulfilled.

Sumptuous, Suspenseful, And Erotic .

Urioste , perfect performances by the entire cast , this film is fun and exciting , Catherine Tramell is a memorable Femme Fatale , the great mystery of the film is to know if one or two killer , the second mystery is the reason for the murders, and finally whether Nick Curran manages to solve the case and survive.

-well, because besides being sexy, Sharon Stone is extraordinarily stunning and Verhooven's camera knows how to value it - the investigation, the horrific crime, the whole suspense, it all leads up to one thing : sex, sex and sex, and from the film's perspective: money, money and money.

And yeah, about sex, though, I genuinely welcome the then-new (erotic) approach to the thriller genre I thought it was too pretentious, histrionic and fake.

"Basic Instinct" is high on adrenaline and a snort of cocaine or two, and Sharon Stone's interrogation scene will be talked about for years on end.

Aside from the terrible acting, vile dialogue and boring car chases this is just a stupid film with nothing to recommend it.

The film is highly erotic, the mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat and it also has enough campy trash for plenty of laughs.

In fact, it's worse than SHOWGIRLS because remove a game Sharon Stone and the evocative score by Jerry Goldsmith and you're left with nothing.

A confusion of identities.

But once you get past that, it's a top-notch, highly entertaining thriller.

In the end, trying to follow the investigation is a waste of time.

What they did do is succeed in making a powerful, intense whodunit which keeps you guessing as to the identity of the murderess right up until the end - and even then, a final twists means that it's all still ambiguous.

It had high mystery and intense thrills.

In the story, Catherine writes also her new thrilling book.

The acting is excellent, especially that of Sharon Stone who plays the rabbit we gladly follow down the rabbit hole where the rules of the game are confusing and constantly changing.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Hallow Man, Showgirls, Starship Troopers) made an well done intense/erotic/suspense-thriller with an fine screenplay by Joe Eszterhas (Flashdance, Jade, Silver).

Nobody will be surprised that there is a fair amount of sex and nudity in this film, there are also some moments of intense violence that may disturb some viewers.

sleazy, amoral and worryingly entertaining .

As a work of entertainment, it's a bit questionable; the pacing is too slow, the details of the plot aren't all that engrossing, and the film somehow needs over two hours to tell a very simple story that ultimately goes nowhere.

Controversial film directed by Paul Verhoeven is never boring, though normally having no one in the story to root for would be a problem, film is so slickly made and in-your-face that it may be the epitome of the guilty pleasure; trashy yet enjoyable.

In result the characters just appear selfish and over-stylishly empty.

It's truly fascinating to watch Curran's descent as he gets more enmeshed in the case (and more involved with Tramell) to the point where his life begins to parallel hers in many ways.


The most compelling evidence against the need for reality in a picture this trashy is Douglas' famous green, V-necked sweater that he wears in the club scene.

PS Oh, what's all the confusion about who did it?

As the bodies pile up, the film falls into a state of confusion.

the imagery of the movie is breathtaking,the sea,the waves,the sunny streets of San francisco...

At a time when the world of film in America was moving out of the 1980s and into the 90s; fast and often confusing, perhaps poorly made and soon to be dated, mass produced films that had that aged grain and relied on a lot of adrenaline for most of the time films were being fazed out and a new 'sort' of film language was perhaps entering the fray.

It has a very suspenseful original score, beautiful Cinematography, and is a well edited film.