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American crime thriller written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) is a money launderer for the Mob who has just come into possession of $2 million in cash. His moll, Violet (Jennifer Tilly), begins a relationship with their new neighbour, ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon), and the two women plot to relieve Violet's boyfriend of the money - by playing on his distrust of fellow mobster Johnnie (Christopher Meloni), the son of Mafia boss Gina Marzzone (Richard Sarafian Jr).
Destined for cult status, this provocative thriller offers a grab bag of genres (gangster movie, comedy, sexy romance, crime caper) and tops it all off with steamy passion between lesbian ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and a not-so-ditzy gun moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who meets Corky and immediately tires of her mobster boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). Desperate to break away from the Mob's influence and live happily ever after, the daring dames hatch a plot to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Their scheme runs into a series of escalating complications, until their very survival depends on split-second timing and criminal ingenuity. Simultaneously violent, funny and suspenseful, Boundis sure to test your tolerance for bloodshed but the film is crafted with such undeniable skill that several critics(including Roger Ebert) placed it on their top-10 lists for 1996. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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While the plot is familiar from numerous gangster movies, what it lacks in originality is compensated for by its visual appeal. The lighting complements the image of Violet and Corky clad in black leather and sunshades; Tilly's character is reminiscent of the traditional femme fatale while Gershon's ex-con is more brash and masculine. The sharp-suited mobsters are appropriately brutal; a finger-chopping sequence is not for the squeamish. Memorable scenes are dotted throughout 'Bound', especially one in which Ceasar enters his apartment carrying the blood-soaked $2 million, washes the banknotes and hangs them up to dry before ironing them smooth.
'Bound' develops the token feminism of 'Thelma and Louise'. Whereas Ridley Scott emphasised the buddy nature of his protagonists, leaving lesbianism as a subtext, the Wachowski Brothers are far more explicit. This is made effective by the genuine chemistry that appears to exist between Corky and Violet. Their personal and professional relationship is based upon trust which is a central theme in what is one of the tensest thrillers of recent years.
Violet is a latter-day gangster's moll looking for a way out of 'the business'. Her chance comes when her boyfriend, Ceasar, brings home a fortune in cash to be sorted and collated before being passed on to the Chicago Mafia. She seduces the tough-talking ex-con who is renovating the next-door apartment (an impressively butch Gina Gershon) and together they scheme to relieve the Mob of the money. But when Ceasar doesn't react according to plan, suddenly there are dead bodies to deal with and events begin to spiral out of control. The women's trust in each other is stretched to breaking point as they are drawn into a deadly battle of wits.
Directors Larry and Andy Wachowski make judicious use of the conventions of film noir, such as extensive chiaroscuro, and some imaginative and uncomfortable extreme close-up shots. The clever cinematography is backed up by a tension-laden script and an excellent cast (particularly Joe Pantoliano as the increasingly frenzied Ceasar). Although Bound may take some viewers out of their comfort zone with its graphic lesbian sex scene and depiction of Mob torture tactics, it is a film that will reward its audience with a stylish and intelligent foray into the eternally murky confluence of good and evil.
Essentially, 'Bound' is a great double-cross movie, using the staple film noir format of the femme fatale in league with the drifter - who, in this instance, happens to be another woman. Setting the action almost entirely in two adjacent apartments adds a clautrophobic edge to proceedings as the gangster's moll (Jennifer Tilly) does her best to misdirect her beau (Joe Pantoliano), so that she and the ex-con handywoman next door (Gina Gershon) can elope with a horde of mob money. Of course, things don't go entirely to plan; isn't it always so...
It's a simple story, told well. Yes, it's kind of sleazy; mainstream movies don't get much more explicit than this. However, film noir always was a bit sleazy. Much like the horror genre, it explores the darker parts of human experience and imagination, allowing viewers to indulge their less socially acceptable tendencies in a safe, fantasy environment. And why not? I, for one, see absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of titillating sex and violence when it is performed in the right spirit, and 'Bound' does so admirably, and, for once, within a well written, well acted and well shot film. Hang up your hang ups, and enjoy.
The storyline is very good, quick and clever as well as leading to some heart stopping moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
The lesbian content is very tasteful whilst still being extremely hot and it's a film that will stay in your mind for a while, (in both a good way and a bad way - you'll never look at gardening tools the same way again).
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I loved this film, I thought it was extremely well done. The performances from the two female leads are powerful and flawless. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nightshiftshopper
Probably Jennifer Tilly's best film though the only other film I have seen her in is Liar, Liar and that, if memory serves me right, was only a minor role. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ergoatlantis
Quite an exciting film and a different take on a mob style movie, well acted by the three main actors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by fastforwardfan
I was curled up on my leather chair afraid of what twist would come next. Even the tension had more tension. Stunning piece of storytelling. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ...