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Cool Title, Nice Poster, Funky Trailer, Bad Film,
This review is from: Death Proof (Two-Disc Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Officially, and by his own admission, Quentin Tarantino's weakest film. When Death Proof was released as part of the Grindhouse double-feature in the USA it had a running time of 90 mins, but seeing as nobody wanted to watch two films back to back with fake trailers it got a solo release elsewhere in the world. That also meant that QT felt the need to slip an extra 19 mins back in there. He really shouldn't have bothered. If anything this film should be shorter- about 80 minutes would do.
Going from fun pastiches to a complete "fake bad film" was a step too far. There's nothing in Death Proof that Tarantino hasn't already done better in Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. Well, there's his first car chase, I suppose. In fairness the stunt work is very good but he seems to have forgotten that an action sequence is only ever really enthralling when you actually care about the people involved, and the action needs to make some logical sense. The characters introduced in the second half of the film aren't particularly endearing (you'll most likely find yourself sitting there waiting for them to all die in a ball of flame) and Tarantino's trademark witty banter is conspicuous by its absence.
It was a nice enough idea, Kurt Russell is very good and the soundtrack album is probably his best yet, but the films drags and the big chase is just silly. It all just feels like a very long bad joke. For a big QT fan, it was a bitter disappointment. He redeemed himself with Inglorious Basterds, but will he ever beat Jackie Brown? Only time will tell.