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Action & Adventure movie directed by Quentin Tarantino

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A Little Too Much, A Little Too Little, But The End Is Just Right

  • Jul 2, 2008
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Tarentino is no doubt in many lists of favorite Writer/Directors but with Grindhouse, he and Rodriguez have bought something old but new to the table. Tarentino's film Death Proof to me was just too good to pass up. I read the synopsis but I still for some reason just couldn't believe it. The film stars Kurt Russell among others but Russell is the most surprising character.

Russell plays Stuntman Mike, who is basically a psycho in disguise and it certainly is not a good one. Stuntman Mike has a black souped-up 1970 Chevy Nova that is what he calls, Death Proof. Stuntman Mike has a bit of a secret, he likes to kill women with his muscle car. He picks who he likes, then takes some pictures of them, and then waits for perfect timing when the women are driving of course, and then have a huge planned car accident.

In the first half Mike stalks three friends Arlene(Vanessa Ferlito), Shanna(Jordan Ladd) and a local DJ named Julia Lucai(Sydney Tamiia Poitier). After he heals from the first hit, he moves on to his next victims. The second victims who are unrelated to the first are Lee Montgomery (Mary Elizabeth Winestead), Abernathy Ross (Rosario Dawson), Kim Mathis (Tracie Thomas), and Zoe Bell. Zoe is visiting from out of town and Tracie and her friends are driving to pick her up from the airport. Tracie and Zoe just happen to be professional stuntwomen.

This becomes very evident throughout the remaining scenes of he film. A local resident is selling a white 1970 Dodge Challenger and is advertising it in the paper. This car is the same car that was in the movie Vanishing Point. The car has caught Zoe's eye and she wants to test drive it or so she says. When Zoe, Tracie, and Abernathy decide to partake in a very risky game of "Ship's Mast" Mike takes this as an invitation. What Mike didn't know was that he messed with the wrong girls this time. There was a lot that I loved about Death Proof and there was some stuff that I didn't like.

I loved the characters; they were all unique and well written. They seemed like real people that reacted to the situations perfectly. The girls from the second half of the film were sick and amazing to complete the film nicely. The car chases were very intense and very fast. Not only will the crashes take your breath away but also what the second half of girls does to Stuntman Mike is jaw dropping, no lie. What I didn't like about Death proof was the prolonged talking that felt like it would never end. This even made me want to give this movie 3.5 stars. Tarantino admits that he is not the greatest writer when it comes to dialogue and it shows in this film. The dialogue is a little dry in some spots and long-winded but despite this, the movie was still worthy of 4 stars. Other than that Death Proof was a great movie, I would say that the pacing was almost off but evened itself out in a good way. The action scenes were extremely exciting and I would recommend this to all Tarantino lovers for sure.

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review by . February 11, 2010
Death Proof and the Grindhouse Double-Feature are of course Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez's tribute to the junk films that used to be played in exploitation theaters through the 60s and 70s. For once Tarantino actually decides that he's going to stick to one cinematic style from beginning to end of the film. Tarantino decides that with Death Proof he will PERFECTLY imitate the feel of these trash movies. Boy does Tarantino succeed at doing just that. In fact he does it so well that it becomes …
review by . January 27, 2008
I actually liked this wierd tale that is shot like a very cheap movie with intentional cuts and skips and grain in the film. Kurt Russell is a serial psycho that likes to murder women with his car. In the first portion of the film the director has a lot of interaction with a group of women that end up at a bar. Russell seems to have followed them to the bar. There they meet him and they know him only as Stuntman Man. He claims to have been a stuntman in many old tv shows and he drives a car that …
review by . November 10, 2007
Going into a Quentin Tarantino movie, you know you have to expect carnage. In his latest picture, `Death Proof' I thought by mid-movie, I had entered into a misogynists' paradise. Not so. Although you'll understand my misconception. As most people have pointed out, this film is Tarantino's homage to B-movies. It even has moments with threads going down the movie or reel changes done like you are sitting at a local theater in the day when they didn't have multiplexes, and the technician showing the …
review by . October 13, 2007
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A tough-guy killer turns out not to be so tough when the tables are turned against him by some even tougher women. The whole idea of a grindhouse film is that it is supposed not to make a lot of sense as a story, except that the story serves as a justification for the guilty pleasure in the form of titillation, both violent and sexy. It is supposed to be a kind of throwaway effort, something that is thrown together as cheaply as possible as long as there are beautiful people and violent gimmicks …
review by . September 14, 2007
This flick was pretty good. Quentin Tarantino could of written this story behind a paper coaster if he wanted to. This story of a stuntman and his fetish for auto-erotica seem just that, split as it is into two separate but corresponding stories. The first half sees four girls getting drunk and dirty at a filthy old bar in town, where they meet the sinister Stuntman Mike (Russell). The latter half sees Mike in pursuit of four new female targets, consisting of Abbie (Dawson), Lee (Mary-Elizabeth …
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Loud, fast, and proudly out of control,Grindhouseis a tribute to the low-budget exploitation movies that lurked at drive-ins and inner city theaters in the '60s and early '70s. Writers/directors Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) cooked up this three-hour double feature as a way to pay homage to these films, and the end result manages to evoke the down-and-dirty vibe of the original films for an audience that may be too young to remember them. Tarantino'sDeath Proofis the mellower of the two, relatively speaking; it's wordier (as to be expected) and rife with pulp/comic book posturing and eminently quotable dialogue. It also features a terrific lead performance by Kurt Russell as a homicidal stunt man whose weapon of choice is a souped-up car. Tarantino's affection for his own dialogue slows down the action at times, but he does provide showy roles for a host of likable actresses, including Rosario Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, and newcomer Zoe Bell, who was Uma Thurman's stunt double inKill Bill. Detractors may decry the rampant violence and latch onto a sexist undertone in Tarantino's feature, but for those viewers who grew up watching these types of films in either theaters or on VHS, such elements will be probably be more of a virtue than a detrimental factor. --Paul Gaita
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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
Runtime: 113 minutes
Studio: The Weinstein Company
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