Thursday, April 29, 2010
Something Wild (1986), is a romantic thriller about sex, love, and taking chances. This is one of those films that had success in its day, yet often slips through the cracks when people call to mind 80's films. The film features early performances from Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta, two very respected actors from the 80's.
The plot centers upon Charles', (Jeff Daniels), essential abduction from the streets of New York while on his lunch break. The abductor, Audrey (Melanie Griffith), is a "wild" and crazy girl that seems to act on every impulse yet crafty enough to get away with it. Her actions and overall outlook on life are in stark contrast to those of Charles, a vice president business yuppie from Long Island. However, once he meets Audrey his inner rebellious nature comes forth. The two end up impersonating a married couple and seem to be enjoying the idea, until Audrey's felonious ex-husband shows up and wants her back.
The film is definitely 80's; made most apparent by the styles, soundtrack, and the obvious absence of cell phones. However, the film's themes of social disregard and self-discovery are still featured in modern films, which make Something Wild stand up over time. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of thrillers such as Fatal Attraction or Unfaithful. The film will keep you guessing and is surprisingly entertaining.