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The Second Criterion: Blow Out

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In the opening minutes of Blow Out, Brian De Palma presents one of cinema’s great misdirects. What starts off as a poorly made slasher film is all a ruse. It’s a film that the protagonist of Blow Out is working on. Jack Terry (John Travolta) is a sound editor. His boss complains he is getting lazy, reusing old material, so Jack goes out to record some audio and finds himself stumbling into the midst of a large political conspiracy.

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