This movie came out when I was 7 years old. Luckily, I didn't see it for another seven years and first caught glimpse of it when I first got a TV in my room. Needless to say, I stayed tuned in because of my love of Michael Douglas, my favourite action star as a very young child thanks to his performances in Jewel in the Nile. I guess the rampant sex scenes helped keep me glued too.
I don't remember much about the storyline (and even after repeated watches, it's never something that sticks with me), but what I do remember is being mildly obsessed with Sharon Stone's femme fatale character. It fuelled many a fantasy back in the day and it's still a character I have a soft spot for in cinema. I must say it all went down hill from here for my Michael Douglass appreciation society (exception of Falling Down). I just can't look at him any more without feeling just a little bit sad.
Basic Instinct revolves around the relationship which forms between a police detective and the prime suspect in the murder case which he's assigned to investigate. As the relationship blossoms it becomes more violent and begins to have a detrimental effect on the already troubled detective. Lots of sex scenes, massive amounts of controversy and the legendary Paul Verhoeven ensured that this film was a critical and commercial success story.