Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.
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Gritty and interesting tale about a B-movie sound guy (John Travolta) who witnesses a fatal car crash while out recording ambient sounds at night. When he rescues a woman (Nancy Allen) in the crash and learns that the dead driver was a presidential hopeful, he reviews his recording and starts to think he witnessed a murder. Layer by layer he begins to peel back an intricate plot involving a crooked P.I., a radicalized assassin, and a whole bunch of people who just want the whole debacle to go away.
DePalma is heavy on style here, dropping his characters in a shadowy setting where the threat is lurking around the corner in what feels like every scene. Its good stuff until the climax which is a little over the top. But a fun watch nonetheless.