Disclosure (1994 USA)

Plot: A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover-turned boss which threatens his career and personal life. His marriage. His future. It’s all on the line for DigiCom executive Tom Sanders. He rejects the passionate advance of his new boss, leading to him being charged with sexual harassment. Suddenly, long-time company man Tom must scramble for his corporate life – a scramble that will lead him into the dazzling cyberworld of DigiCom’s new virtual reality corridor…and lay bare a shocking conspiracy among key company personnel. Just show us the pictures do I hear ye cry? (Don’t worry, I will)

The idea of a married man being sexually victimized by a hot, beautiful single woman who also happens to be his boss, is so ludicrous as to be mind boggling. This plot actually provokes laughter. A married man fighting off a full-figured, highly intelligent, sexually aggressive, single young woman…. together with the wine drinking, the mutual caressing, the suggestive talking, and the woman openly insisting that he “do” her and do her good, with the man then fleeing for his life like a little boy who’s been told not to put his hand in the cookie jar, even though he wants those cookies, followed by the now scantily-clothed, sexually frustrated hot-blooded woman yelling at him to come back or else, is just too much to accept. I refused to suspend my disbelief. She’s making him an offer he can’t refuse, and he refuses!

Michael Douglas is cast here to be Nick Curran again, in thrall to a strong woman like Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone) who is leading him into naughty places. But this is not Basic Instinct so instead we have Demi Moore– breasts, legs and black underwear, not much more. So in this aspect we have chewed solutions, aiming at getting commercial success from tested formulas…Douglas has a wife who doesn’t trust him, people in his office shifting loyalties, accusations- the whole deal. None of it is interesting, and you can see the twists coming a mile around the corner. Director Barry Levinson renders it all very dull, taking no steps to save the picture from its script. Levinson even fails to put the beautiful Seattle locales to the proper use. I think this one really unmasked him as a bad director (after all, how good was Rain Man really? answer: it wasn’t). Disclosure is a bad 1980s concept trying to squeeze into the newly forged 90s in all the wrong ways. With Michael Douglas in yet another role where he is entrapped by an unstable female, business women and feminists all over the world probably felt like screaming “not again!” in every theatre that screened this.

Now, we’ve seen hundreds of these bad thrillers, but Disclosure isn’t satisfied with being a regular old bad thriller. Instead, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland, Michael Douglas, and probably the entire supporting cast are entangled in some kind of shady deal involving technology and the manufacture of microchips overseas. This wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t result in supposedly important techno-babble about the technologies for which they obviously failed to consult a technical advisor. That isn’t the worst of it either. The real stinker of this flick is the virtual reality scene. Michael Douglas puts on the virtual reality goggles to uncover footage exposing corporate black-ops, only to find a cheesy 2D icon of Demi Moore deleting his files with what looks like a laser-beam (Ha! Ha!). And then comes the computer-geek with angel wings and a halo, trying to warn Douglas while still in virtual reality. The scene inspires one to say out loud “What the F***?” Once more, Hollywood flaunts its misogyny, (eg. Fatal Attraction) with a scenario that is unbelievable and hateful.

(Actually, the images are a bit disappointing. I’ll have to do better next time…)

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Comments

  1. “She’s making him an offer he can’t refuse, and he refuses!” Classic ha ha! The film in a nutshell. Excellent review as always.

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  2. Thanks…lol 🙂

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