22 years on, Basic Instinct, still delights or rankles, as the case may be. When it was released in 1992, some critics panned it but many others praised it for the daringness it represented. Paul Verhoeven, known for graphic depiction of sex and violence does not disappoint here either.
The movie did a world of good for the two protagonists Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. The Hitchcock-like plot is the brainchild of writer Joe Eszerhas and revolves around a police detective Nick Curren and his prime suspect Catherine Tramell. Douglas and Stone do ample justice to their respective roles. The story is about a dead rock star and the detective (Douglas) who comes to investigate and the writer (Stone), the supposed murderess.
The movie had its fair share of controversies upon its release. Gay rights activists criticized the movie no end for portraying a bisexual woman as a narcissistic psychopath.
Audience around the world, however, made the movie a roaring success. This encouraged the makers to release it in multiple platforms. DVD and Blu-ray versions are available freely. One version includes a director�s cut that has an extended footage which was not included in the original.
That this is a one-of-a-kind movie was proved in 2006 when they made Basic Instinct 2 which went down without a trace. Buy this DVD to marvel at the ingenuity of a plot the movie still has after all these years.