The Horror Honeys: 'No Way Out' ~ Costner's Yummy Tummy Hair PART TWO!

'No Way Out' ~ Costner's Yummy Tummy Hair PART TWO!

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

No Way Out (1987)

When you grow up in a permissive household, there isn't much that your parents prevent you from seeing. But sometimes, there were limits. Despite by abiding love for Kevin Costner, there were a few movies of his my parents wouldn't allow me to see, and one of them was No Way Out. But that didn't stop my mother from telling me about for about two decades.

It took a while for me to find a copy as an adult, and I was always concerned that mother had over-hyped the film's sexiness, or its legendary twist ending. But after watching Taylor Hackford's film once, then again immediately after, and about a dozen times since, I can happily announce...

No Way Out is just the bee's knees. Really it is.

The Story: Tom Farrell (Costner) is a decorated Navy officer who has just been stationed at the Pentagon at the behest of Secretary of State, David Brice (Gene Hackman). Tom has also just starting seeing the feisty and lovely Susan Atwell (Sean Young) who also happens to be Brice's mistress. When Brice kills Susan in a fit of rage, he and his loyal right hand man Scott (Will Patton) attempt to frame a mysterious KGB operative named Yuri for the crime, putting Tom on the fake "case." But with evidence piling up that will implicated Tom as Susan's lover/killer, will he be able to prove Brice is the real murderer?

Sweet goddess in heaven, 80s Kevin Costner
is life.
While your average erotic thriller plays the noir card, or focuses on a mysterious crime, No Way Out sets itself apart by using a government conspiracy as its backdrop. Defense contracts, Russian spies, shady back room deals, secret affairs... Nothing about Robert Garland's script (a remake of 1948's The Big Clock) seems all that implausible in the 80s, or probably now. Every tense moment is brilliantly paced and builds to a captivating climax that you will never forget.

It helps that the cast is so phenomenal across the board. Sean Young is further proof that the 80s and 90s were about sex appeal and confidence, not just a leggy blonde with dead eyes. She charming, elegant, and stunning; you can't take your eyes off her, even in her worst moments. Gene Hackman is the best kind of villain, one that is at first seemingly obtuse but reveals himself to be a flawed and conflicted man. But the real stand out villain is Will Patton, one of our greatest living character actors. Single-minded in his loyalty to Brice, Patton's Scott has no morality... only blind loyalty. It's terrifying and admirable in the most frightening way possible.

Get your hands off her, Hackman!
But of course, more than a few of you came here for the same reason I did initially: a love of the skill and beauty that was Kevin Costner. Much was made of the infamous "limo" scene, in which Sean Young and Kevin Costner had some steamy and roomy back seat sex while a driver goofily smiled from the front seat. Yes, the scene is sexy as hell, but it's relatively tame by comparison, even when put up against some of the other films I'll be reviewing this month. The sexiest scenes in No Way Out are the ones where Costner is in uniform, or being playful with Young, or protecting Iman (yes, Iman is in this movie... IMAN!). 

But what makes No Way Out such a memorable 80s artifact of an erotic thriller is its enduring legacy. People that loved No Way Out in 1987 still love it now, and that's an amazing thing.

An interesting throwaway plot point gives this shot some amusing context...
Revenge Honey Request: If you have made it almost thirty years without having the magical twist of No Way Out ruined for you, please, Please, PLEASE keep it that way until you watch the film. It is, without a doubt, one of the best twists of all time, and one that doesn't get old even with repeated viewings.

You wear that uniform, Costner. You wear it.
Throughout Erotic Thriller month, we are going to be working on a far more stringent rating scale than usual. That means that if I REALLY like a film, it will probably get a three star rating. If I love a film, four stars. If I want to take a movie behind the middle school and get it pregnant, that's a five star rating right there. So with that in mind, No Way Out gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 5 panties dropped out of 5

No Way Out is available via HBOGo, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Vudu, Google Play, & DVD
(There is a free version on YouTube, but it cuts off the bottom half of the movie... which is kind of an important half)

Do you have fond memories of No Way Out?
Is there an erotic thriller you'd like me to review?
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