Impulse (1990)

Theresa Russell, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alan Rosenberg,
Lottie Mason is a police vice cop who has just the right looks to be a decoy for the whore-mungers on the streets of Los Angeles. She seems to always be where the action is whether it be vice or drugs. While she is attempting to...
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  • John DeMarco, Leigh Chapman, Writer:
  • Sondra Locke, Director:
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7/10 / 10

Fairly interesting movie about an undercover policewoman whichunfortunately gets muddled. As the story tries to cover too much groundthat in the end leaves everyone watching confused and unconcerned aboutwhat it's trying to tell them.

Trying to mix big time drug dealers and protected witnesses who the DAis trying to get to testify against their former associates, the mob,with an obsessive and corrupt police officer. Together with anundercover policewoman who has enough problems outside as well asinside the police department doesn't jell together in this verycomplicated and confusing movie.

Besides all the negative things one can say about the movie "Impulse"the one very positive thing about the film is the appearance and actingof it's beautiful and talented star Teresa Russell. Teresa makes you,in many cases, forget the plot holes and inconsistencies of the moviejust by watching her whenever she's on the screen.

8/10 / 10

After 'Ratboy (1986)', Sondra Locke would hone down her directorialskills with the vastly overlooked cop thriller 'Impulse'. Thevoluptuously headstrong Theresa Russell (who doesn't get enoughrecognition as it is) proves the talent she bestows, as the film asksfor a vividly intriguing performance. And she provides a breakaway oneas an undercover cop of the Vice squad. Not forgetting Jeff Fahey'soutstandingly low-key turn in what could be seen as a breakthroughperformance as an assistant district attorney. Along with Locke'smoodily terse and measured direction that just takes you into thatsmoking film-noir ambiance; Russell and Fahey's performances are alsothe potent backbone to the appeal of the film. Where the film has itsshare of flaws comes mainly from the dramatically cluttered material,as it's story-bound rather than action-filled. It follows Russell'scharacter as she pins perverts and drug peddlers, but soon she becomesso attached with the power play of the job that the impulsive fantasyof losing control and experiencing criminal temptation becomesoverwhelming. The choice is there, and her repressed emotions arestarting to crack and anxiety creeps in. Another element thrown intothe mixture is the growing affection between Russell and Fahey'scharacters. This leads onto a complex (and where it hit's a bump is thesomewhat implausible developments infesting its way within this) web ofpsychological, harrowing and heart-racing avenues, plus intensely rawthrills. Characters are actually well-rounded and show what makes themtick with some brooding shades showing. The technical side isprofessionally catered for with Michel Colombier's seductivelysizzling, but at times jarring music score, sullen lighting tingesevoke presence, relaxed pacing and it's gorgeously shot with the LosAngeles backdrop painting a lasting mark. The support cast featurescapable turns by George Dzundza, Alan Rosenberg, Shawn Elliott and EliDanker. A really surprisingly tight, mature and stylish thriller bySandra Locke, but its Theresa Russell's powerfully stimulatingperformance that stays with you.

9/10 / 10

In Los Angeles, Detective Lottie Mason (Theresa Russell) worksundercover as a whore on the streets or a junkie with the vice-squadleaded by the corrupt Lt. Joe Morgan giving support and arrestingclients and drug dealers. She is also having sessions with a policepsychologist for evaluation because she killed a criminal. She also hastroubled relationships and high debts with her credit card. When sheworks with the District Attorney Stan (Jeff Fahey), they feel attractedfor each other and have an affair. After an assignment where she wasalmost killed, she has a flat tire while driving home. She goes to abar to kill time while her car is fixed. Completely upset, she meetsthe charming criminal Tony Perón (Shawn Elliott) that Stan is chasing,but unknown for her, and he offers a huge amount for her to go to hisplace. While in his fancy house, she regrets and tries to find a measof escape. But she witnesses the execution of Tony, and she anonymouslycalls the police. In the house, she finds a key of a locker where thereis a bag with one million dollars that Tony stole from drug dealers.While the police search the unknown woman, Lottie lives a dilemma aboutwhat to do with the money.

I have just watched "Impulse" at least five times so far, and in myopinion it is one of the best thrillers of the 90's. The good story hasa great direction of Sondra Locke, the characters are very welldeveloped, and Theresa Russell is amazingly beautiful and sexy and hasone of her best performances. The ambivalent conclusion is perfect, andthe viewer can only guess the destination of the money. Unfortunatelythis movie is totally underrated in IMDb, misguiding the readers. Myvote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Tentação Perigosa" ("Dangerous Temptation")

6/10 / 10

A female undercover cop, overworked, exhausted and ready for a break,gets seduced one night into a short walk on the wild side, but it mayprove to be her undoing. Well-directed cop thriller isn't ablockbuster, nor is it capable of really expanding its perimeters onthe basis of a slight budget, but filmmaker Sondra Locke gets fineperformances from her cast, particularly Theresa Russell, exudingpalpable street-glamor in the lead, and handsome George Dzundza as herlieutenant. I have never been an admirer of creepy-eyed Jeff Fahey'swork (he always seems hyped up for little purpose), but he isn't toodistracting here. Little-seen picture is perfect late-night TV fodder;nothing overly substantial or imaginative, but tightly-wound andinvolving. **1/2 from ****

9/10 / 10

Directed by Sondra Locke this is a gritty story of an Los Angeles femmefatale vice cop Lottie Mason (Theresa Russell) and her "Walk On TheWild Side" of cusp of Noir. It is a dance with with death, love, powerand temptation. It's probably one of the Last of the Warner BrothersNoirs.

A piano riff dissolves the blackness into an elevated view of a sleazyHollywood, hot sheet motel block, at the corner of Las Palmas andSunset Blvd., one of those all look alike City of Angels low profilestrips. Time the late '80s, Madonna is in vogue. The scene is accentedby wet pavement reflecting neon. A long ringletted blonde "angel" isstrutting her stuff in tight gold Lamé snakeskins, but this celestialFemme Fatale has clipped wings. She's trolling the midnight drift, alure with hooks. Lonely sad losers cruise the mainstem scoping the fastskirts that will get them a shot at 20 minutes of ecstasy. The openingtitle sequence displays the workings of the vice stakeout with theexcellent noir-ish stylistic cinematography of Dean Semler. The pianoriff repeats and become a leitmotif for Lottie's darkside.

Impulse is set strictly in Squaresville, it's a story of the world ofhard working cops doing their everyday busts. Lottie's night in andnight out tolling the low company is affecting her personal life. Hervarious Vice assignments, i.e., impersonating a streetwalker, a junkie,a B-girl hooker, a drug dealer has her visiting the division PR officeand the psychiatrist/counselor on a regular basis for an hour sessionmandated by Internal Affairs. They want to know if having to lie anddeceive on a regular basis is affecting her job. Her Doctor, Dr.Gardner seems more interested in her personal life her debts and herlove life. Lottie when questioned about her torpedoed relationshipsstates that she's only been with cops and she rattles off squads, Vice,Homicide, and Bunco rather than names. Gardener asks about Lottie'squasi-stalker encounter with Lt. Joe Morgan (George Dzundza) an exboyfriend that she didn't report. Lottie says it's because he'd say sheencouraged it. But Lottie makes a confession that she is mainlining onthe power of her femininity while staring at her reflection in thewindow in a great sequence:

Another assignment has Lottie going undercover as a heroin junkie in ashooting gallery, this combined with a second storyline concerning a 2year old case, a witness protection program witness and a double crossdrug deal in NYC brings a District Attorney named Stan (Jeff Fahey)into Lottie's world. Stan is attracted to her and they have an affairthough Lottie is still a bit standoffish a bit gun-shy.

After an adrenaline rush chase down a high-rise and shootout with twodrug trafficking perps in a grocery, Lottie is on stressed and on edge,Stan tries to comfort her but she wants him to back off and give herspace. She takes off in her Camaro to unwind. She gets a flat tiredrives into a service station and while the tire is changed drops intothe bar across the street and into Noirsville.

At the bar she's picked up by Tony Peron (Shawn Elliott) who iscoincidentally and unbeknownst to Lottie, the drug dealer partner ofthe man Stan has in witness protection. He asks her if there wasanything in the world she could do what would it be. Lottie tells him"I'd get on a plane and go somewhere I'd never been". Tony pulls out adeck of hundred dollar bills and counts off ten, Lottie tells him shewants to go "first class". Tony adds another five, but tells her thatfirst she'll have to go to his house. On impulse Lottie picks up thedough and follows him out to his Beverly Estates house.

When Tony gets her to his place he begins to get busy with it. Lottieholds him off telling him she wants to freshen up. Tony tells her touse the upstairs bedroom bath. Lottie has second thoughts as she standsby vertical blinds in a nice sequence. Afterwards while washing herface she hears two gunshots, and peering down the stairway spots Tonydead on the tile floor. The shooter is actively searching the house.Since her gun was confiscated after the recent shooting Lottiescrambles to hide from the killer.

The shooter leaves the house and Lottie checks out Tony popped twice inthe head. She goes through his clothes finding a locker key in hisjacket. She wipes down all the surfaces she touched calls the copsdisguising her voice and splits. At the airport the next day she opensthe locker and finds a suitcase with close to a million dollars.

Sondra Locke did a wonderful job at directing this little Neo Noir gem.The writing by John DeMarco and Leigh Chapman, is competent andconsequently the characters are very well developed. This is TheresaRussell's best performance. The rest of the cast are Jeff Fahey asStan, George Dzundza as Lt. Joe Morgan, Lynne Thigpen as Dr. Gardner,and Shawn Elliott as Tony Peron. The music by Michel Colombier is greatalong with the various pieces that comprise the soundtrack. Again Ican't say enough about the Noir stylistic cinematography which isexcellent.