Blown Away

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Blown Away (not to be confused with the Tommy Lee Jones film) is a movie I’ve been thinking about since my high school days.  The last time I saw it was right around 1993, and even back then I knew that any movie with Corey Feldman and Corey Haim was something that could be classified as classic – in a “so bad, it’s good” kind of way.  Add to the mix that the last time I saw Nicole Eggert, she was playing the older sister in “Charles in Charge”… wow, this would be one for the ages.  It centers around Megan (Eggert), a daughter of a rich resort owner, who’s mom dies on her 16th birthday.  Ever since her mom died, she turns to a wild life of parties and living her life on the edge.  Rich (Haim) is works at her father’s ski resort and saves Megan from a near death horse attack!  The moment Megan invites him to a party, he steps into the deep end of a pool that he might not be able to swim out of.

blown-away-4Rich goes to the party with his brother Wes (Feldman) and a couple friends.  He meets up with Megan and they make wild simulated onscreen sex with each other.  The next morning when Megan’s father comes home with them both lying in bed, Rich has to hide so he isn’t found out.  While hanging around, he starts to see what he’s gotten himself into.  After spending a lot of time together, Megan drops him cold turkey, and starts playing mind games with him – not returning his phone calls, giving him the cold shoulder, etc.  When they do get together, Megan starts planting the seeds in Rich’s mind that she wants him to help kill her father.  Soon it becomes a love rectangle between Rich, Megan, Wes and Rich’s ex Darla (Kathleen Robertson).

Blown Away tries to make itself out to be an adult thriller with a complex story, and while it does have a few decent twists, the quality of the actors and their over acting nullifies all of the effort spent on trying to set it up.  Haim still plays that same mischievous character that he started to establish in License to Drive, but it doesn’t really fit in here.  Thankfully he plays the same role as always, or else this could have turned out to be “so bad, it’s just bad”.   As for Feldman, I have a theory that he has a “dancing clause” in his movie contracts.  That is, he has to have a scene where he dances around and taps into his “Inner Michael”, breaking out classic Michael Jackson moves at least once in a film.  I’m really surprised that they didn’t write in a karaoke scene so he could show off his pipes.  Eggert also acts really wooden.  You can tell this was supposed to be that role that transitions her from being a child actor to a serious thespian.  The way they try to do that is to have her nude in as many scenes as possible – and while I’m not complaining – it doesn’t help her cause.

blown-away-3I think that at one time this probably was supposed to be that serious adult thriller I was mentioning above, but when they couldn’t get some top notch talent or a bigger budget, they cast who they did on purpose.  With a higher grade of casting, this would have been another horrible thriller.  But, by getting the two Corey’s to do it, they solidified the case for Blown Away becoming a top notch schlock fest.  If you watch this movie alone, it’s pretty funny, when you watch it with friends who appreciate this sort of thing, it’s hilarious.  All of the big dramatic deaths in this movie happen because of some kind of bomb that’s attached to the vehicle they’re driving.  The camera always seems to be covered in this layer of vasoline that gives a really soft focus effect, and there’s one scene in particular that I really enjoyed.  Megan is getting yelled at by her father and he gets upset and throws a coffee mug.  He’s standing under a light fixture and as he throws it, the mug actually hits the light fixture and you can tell that wasn’t the way they rehearsed it.  I was surprised that both actors were able to finish the scene without flubbing their lines.  Blown Away has it’s flaws, but it’s a really enjoyable film that you can follow with no difficulty.  It deserves 4 disintegrating bombs out of 5.

Blown Away is available on VHS and DVD from Amazon.com

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