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Femme Fatale
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Oct 10, 2004 By: The Arrow
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Director:
Brian De Palma

Actors:
Rebecca Romjin-Stamos
Antonio Banderas
Peter Coyote

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Sex-bomb con artist (Stamos) pulls off a daring heist and follows that up with a double-cross of her tough guy partners. Seven years later, she’s now leading a new life, under a different identity and is married to an American Ambassador (Coyote). All is dandy, until a photographer “for hire” (Banderas) snaps a picture of her, therefore putting her face in the limelight. Cons, backstabs and lots of sex ensues as this femme fatale’s past comes back to hunt her sweet derriere down.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
FEMME FATALE was ignored at the box-office almost as much as Frank Stallone’s singing (and acting) career and has now become one of those "love it or hate it" type of films. Consider me part of the “love it” group of movie junkies. This is NOT a flick to be taken seriously; it constantly winks at the audience and handles its “déjà vu’ substance with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, as well as high symbolism, foreboding clues throughout, excessive visuals, gnarly plot twists and exploitive tendencies galore. Doppelgangers, dreams, themes of destiny and having the power to alter it also surfaced and I for one mucho relished them and their clever execution. More good news: the smut-hut is open for business with the very sultry Stamos burning up the screen in every form of dress and undress. We get a bootieliscious striptease, a steamy, if not ludicrous, lesbian sequence, lots of skin displays…you name it, the gal puts it out there and every hetero sexual male will thank her for it!

As for DePalma; the man is back in tip-top shape, delivering his best offering since the underrated CARLITO'S WAY. He tosses every directing trick in the book in here, maximizing his sumptuous sets via his wandering lens and using his split-screen technique like it was on sale. Much of the film bypassed dialogue and was masterfully communicated through colorful and striking images. WOW! Lastly, the players in this water bed also helped make the hump a groovier one. Rebecca Romijn Stamos had the body, the looks, the adequate acting chops and the “bad girl” thang going on to a T. Now that’s one scary beeyatch and she kept my eyes on the screen! “Arrow Favorite” Antonio Banderas also owned as the moochacho who lets his “ding-dong” pull him into hell (editor note: kinda like the Arrow himself). Banderas can take the blandest part on paper and make it fascinating onscreen and he does it again here. I couldn’t get enough of the lad. So are you in the mood for a self-indulgent, twist-heavy, sexually deviant, visually arresting piece of noir fluff? If so, bang this Femme in the Fatale.
THE EXTRAS
Featurettes:

Visualizing Femme Fatale (~ 11 minutes): Brian DePalma comes in to talk about where the inspiration for the film came from and the casting of Rebecca Romijn Stamos. Stamos also shares her reaction to getting the part while Banderas blabs about the film and his experience. We also get lots of trivia and on-set footage in this informative featurette. Fun times.

Femme Fatale: An Appreciation (~ 23 minutes): This feature is the longest and the more insightful where DePalma and crew come in to explain the symbolism in the film and what they wanted to communicate in specific scenes and the overall picture. The actors also come in to provide for their 3 cents. If you didn’t fully "get" what this film was about; watch this feature and understand. Great feature.

Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill (~ 2 minutes): Here we get a montage of stills and scenes from the film. I didn’t get the point of this feature. Just watch the trailer or movie again instead.

Behind the Scenes (~ 4 minutes): Lots of on-set bits, comments from the actors, scenes from the movie and insight from the director. Although a tad redundant after having watched the previous feature, I still got enough juice from this cherry to be worth the lick.

We also get the Theatrical Trailer, the French Trailer and a Cast and Crew option.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I truly enjoyed this excessive, pretentious, tits-to-the-wall DePalma flick that shamelessly diddled with my two heads, the one on my shoulder and the one in my Jeans. The DVD itself was above average with decent extras and solid audio/visual qualities. I smell “cult classic” with this one. Sure, the story was nothing really unique and neither were the plot twists, but their execution had me going. It comes down to this: this lady wants to take you for a vacuous, superficial yet highly entertaining joyride. You hip to that jive? Yes or no? I was! I truly feel like this flick deserves two viewings to fully be judged. The first time I saw it, I was ok with it, but through this second watch I wound up getting so much more out of it. Give it another shot! One last thing…John Stamos = the luckiest man on God’s green earth. Damn boy! You snagged one hell of a dame...good for you!
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