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Death Proof [Blu-ray]
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Fasten your seat belt, it's gonna be a bumpy ride. Quentin Tarantino pays homage to his B-movie favourites in this adrenaline fuelled tale of a psychotic stuntman's serial attempts to stalk hot babes in his supercharged, 'death proof' Chevy. Having already dealt with one set of women in Texas, Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) moves on to Tennessee, where he targets another posse of head-turning women. But this time Mike finds that he's bitten off more than he can chew, as the three girls (Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, and Zoe Bell) give as good as they get, culminating in an 18-minute car duel (without CGI), which references some of the classic chase movies of the past. As with any Tarantino film, there are numerous nods to pop culture, along with razor-sharp dialogue that just keeps coming.
Loud, fast, and proudly out of control, Grindhouse is 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's Death Proof is 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 in Kill 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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The story is easy to follow Kurt Russell (who by the way is excellent in his role, an experienced actor) plays Stuntman Mike McKay a sociopath who kills women with his "stunt/deathproof" car. Initially we see Mike's deadly intent with a group of girls, some times passes and later we find him just over a year later. This time though the tables have turned and he meets his match with a new group of women.
Not the strongest plot but fairly interesting all the same. There are quite a few problems though the film is very slow off the mark a lot of dialogue (nothing new Reservoir Dogs was very heavy too but it was also unique and fresh), conversations that are neither relevant nor move the story forward have far too much screen time and you could easily chop the film into a 45 minute short production, you won't miss the chatter at all.
Cast wise not bad though few well known names (Rose McGowan has a short role), Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn't too bad either. Zoë Bell a stuntwoman struggles a bit with the acting but partly makes up for it with her contribution in other areas. Russell though is very believable and convincing. The real shame is that he's not given the material to work with bar the later car chase scene much of the film can be put on "fast forward" It's certainty a bit different, but comes up short in more than few areas I found myself wandering rather than being hooked.Read more ›
For the first half I didn't get it. I sat there hating Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russel) and hating the film. I thought Tarantino had missed the mark bigtime, like a lot of other people here. I sat and watched as the second half of the film built up the backstory of more characters, and then stuntman mike appears again and I feared more of the same.
It was about then I realised this was a vengeance movie. I would go as far as to say one of the best of all time, only behind "Oldboy". To be frank most of the movie is just building up to the end; but what an end. Never have I hated a main character so much that the thought of vengeance, which dominates the other characters on screen, was resounding so deep within me that I was so sure the antagonist deserved what he got. To be shown a desire for vengeance like that was something no film has ever made me feel before.
This movie is the pure, distilled example of how to make the audience really care about the characters on screen. There is no complex plot. There wasn't a big budget. But the raw emotion this film can invoke, if you let it, is well worth it.
Kurt Russell is decent as always, but that’s about it for positives. A massive disappointment.
The ending is completely unpredictable and shocking and fabulous! At first, you may be forgiven for thinking this is just a rehashed plot of a crazed killer, killing girls in an imaginative way, but don't be fooled.
Kirt Russell makes an impressive, but ultimately cowardly, Bad Guy.
Watch and enjoy.
Now if you complain about this film having too much dialogue, then you can't have seen many Tarantino films before. His films are all about the dialogue! Tarantino dialogue doesn't appeal to everyone, even I cringe on occasion, but his dialogue and storytelling style is largely about people being cool rather than being entirely beleivable. It's all about colourfull characters, in unusual situations.
Now the film isn't perfect and i'm not going to stick up for it's flaws. Clearly the action scenes are what makes this film memorable, particularly as the Kiwi actress Zoe Bell (playing a character called Zoe who is a Kiwi) actually did those stunts for real, no harnesses etc.
Just because there isn't action all the way through doesn't matter. You wouldn't say jaws was a bad film just because the shark wasn't there the whole time. When stuntman Mike appears, things happen.
This film is great, but I admit not Tarantinos best. However, I really enjoyed it. Turn your mind off, watch the girls in skimpy clothes deliver dry witty diaglogue, then squirm in your seat as the inevitable happens and cheer at the end.
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It's not a bad film, the idea works really well and a bit more plot would have helped. Kurt Russell saves it as really the others in it aren't that good actors. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Justin Tuijl
Love this film, typical Tarention long speeches and soundtrack. Quick delivery. Dvd works well.Published 2 months ago by emma
Brilliant Tarantino. Likable characters, entertaining dialogue and classic cars driven fast set the twisted savagery off masterfully.Published 2 months ago by M Carpenter
A mediocre movie by Tarantino's normal standards with the exception being the final car chase sequence which in my mind ranks among the best ever put to film, if you're unsure I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KingKLR
Great Film, I should probably pay something after watching it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer