Rated: R For nudity, violence and sexual content. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: May 21, 1993 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
After her role in last year's controversial and successful Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone chose to star in this film based on Ira Levin's book of the save name: Big Mistake!
The screenplay is written by Joe Esterhaus, who also wrote the screenplay for Basic Instinct, for a salary reported to be in the millions. Only Congress could come up with a more blatant waste of money.
Stone plays Carly, a New York book editor who moves into a luxury apartment building after the break up of her marriage.
She learns from a neighbor that the woman who leased the apartment before her committed suicide by jumping off the balcony and that Carly looks just like the dead girl.
Carly is quickly pursued by two tenants: Tom Berenger, who plays an author of crime novels who hasn't had a hit in years and William Baldwin, a rich video game developer, with whom she becomes involved.
The film moves at a snail's pace, until it finally gets to what the movie is supposed to be about, which is voyeurism. Someone in the building has wired each room in every apartment for sight and sound and then sits in a large studio filled with screens observing the. With remote in hand, the person invades the privacy of the unsuspecting tenants, changing quickly from scenes of intimacy, arguments and acts of violence. When a couple of other tenants are killed, the audience is supposed to wonder if this watchful person is a passive voyeur or a crazed killer. By the time it gets to this point, who cares?
The acting is laughable; Stone's performance consists of close-ups of her looking longingly into the camera, Berenger's character constantly and annoyingly laughs and Baldwin spends his screen time flexing his muscles or arching his bushy eyebrows.
Stone and Baldwin's love scenes are not sexy. There's no chemistry between them; in fact, they don't even seem to like each other.
Sliver is a thriller that's not thrilling; a slow moving story with bad acting and an unbelievably stupid ending. It gets may vote for one of the worst pictures of the year.