Disclosure (1994) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

One of top twenty grossing film from 1994, six of them were adapted from popular novels. Including the year’s highest grossing film, Forrest Gump. Amongst the big-screen book to movie conversions from literary heavyweights Anne Rice, Tom Clancy and John Grisham, Michael Crichton’s Disclosure holds it own in that fine company. In a particularly strong year for adaptions, Disclosure is surely the most lurid,trashy, and erotic of the bunch. Written by former movie critic turned scriptwriter Paul Attansio and directed with low-key professionalism by Barry Levinson, Disclosure is the second best movie made from Crichton’s literary canon.

A sexual encounter during a brutal struggle in the cutthroat computer industry, turns into psychological game that threatens to derail the career of family man Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas). Having rebuked the passionate advances of his sexy new boss (Demi Moore), Sanders’ life is thrown into turmoil when she charges him with sexual harassment. Left scrabbling for his marriage, job, and clean name–Tom seeks legal counsel and uncovers a set-up that would force him out of the company and the loss of potentially valuable stock options.

Disclosure is a sleek, sexual thriller with a well polished script that lets both Douglas and Moore shine in equal measures. Moore’s at the hight of her acting prowess here playing a character exploiting her position of power over a former lover who once burnt here for a more stable life. The film delves into some silly virtual reality sequence late in the third act, but is otherwise a solid tale presented as a 1990’s neo-hitchcockian thriller.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Dennis Miller

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