Rated: R for language, nudity and sex. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: January 26, 1994 Released by: New Line Cinema
Emma (Madeleine Stowe - Last of the Mohicans) is the center of Blink. Without Stowe, the weak script would have totally failed.
Emma is surrounded by bumbling keystone-like cops and must fight off a psycho killer who dresses his victims with a cross and cuts their wrists after they are dead. Emma, who lost her sight as a child, has it restored by Dr. Ryan Pierce (Peter Friedman). She rejects the sensitive, wealthy doctor's advances for Detective John Hallstrom (Aidan Quinn - Benny and Joon) who shows his behind to the patrons at the bar where Emma plays the fiddle. His only obvious asset is his apartment which overlooks Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Despite the weaknesses of the script and supporting cast, Stowe saves the day. Everything revolves around her character and the strength of her performance is the adhesive that pulls the film together. Her ability to appear independent and capable when she is vulnerable and in danger show her remarkable range. Only Stowe has the facial expressions and the skill to make this part work.
Hooray for Stowe's Emma. Let's hope the script and support is better next time.