Rated: R for sexual content. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 9, 1994 Released by: Warner Brothers
If the corporate landscape is changing, Disclosure should warm the hearts of the traditionalists. The women in DigiCom, the company Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) is dedicated to, are as competent, vicious and ambitious as the men. The story is less about sexual harassment and more about grasping control and keeping power.
Taken from Michael Crichton's novel, the script is not always clear and understandable, but it flows brilliantly in the hand of director Barry Levinson. Sanders looses out in his quest to become the vice president of Advanced Operations and Planning to a former lover, Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore). At the end of her first day on the job she attempts to engage Sanders in a sexual relationship. He is married, and resists her after nearly giving in to her passionate advances. The next day he is accused of attacking her. The legal process of unwinding the encounter takes up much of the film, but a major problem with a new product, the main attraction for a proposed merger which will give a windfall of $100 million to the company president, Bob Garvin (Donald Sutherland), is the substance of the story.
The two plots mixed together provide a fast-paced delightful romp through hi-tech corporate board rooms and work places. Sutherland is flawless as a greedy capitalist. He slaps his hands together as he folds the big merger together. Moore is perfect as the amoral corporate climber. Her lipstick is always dark and she holds her lips tight as she slays her opponents. Douglas is plausible and authentic as the technical leader of the corporation and a comfortably married man who must defend his romantic past and resist the advances of the very sexy Moore. The leading roles as well as the supporting characters reflect the quality of the production. The sets add to the atmosphere. They are cold glass and steel and filled with video display terminals.
The musical score by Ennio Morricone is pronounced and distinct as it adds to the drama and emotion with rising sounds at critical moments.
Disclosure succeeds on many levels. It moves quickly and dramatically through a week in Tom Sanders life and allows the audience a peak into its corporate rot. It also exposes sex as a power tool, and the success of dedication and intelligence over emotion.