Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Starring Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, and Sonny Chiba

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Release Date: October 10th, 2003

A bloody tale of revenge from Quentin Tarantino!

A pregnant bride is beaten near to death and then shot in the head at a shoot out known as "The El Paso Wedding Massacre". All that is known about The Bride (Thurman) is that she remains in her coma for four years, then awakens stunned and her child lost. Knowing who to blame, our blood-spattered bride digs back into her old life as an assassin, looking for her old comrades who carried out the deeds orchastrated by Bill. As soon as The Bride takes care of the Deadly Vipers Assasination Squad (DVAS), she will kill Bill....

Today we are going to look at part one of the Kill Bill saga. Why only part one? It's my blog and I make the rules. So, today we're going to look at The Bride's near fatal attack to her battles with DVAS 1 and 2, O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green, Code Names Cottonmouth and Copperhead respectively. If one were to differentiate Volumes 1 and 2, 1 is where you're gonna get all the fight scenes. As with many Tarantino movies, the plot is jumbled into a Rashomon-esque style where the attack on Vernita Green happens before O-ren, despite occuring as O-ren THEN Vernita chronologially. Still, it's another great Tarantino thrill ride where the action gels beautifully with the action onscreen. As good as the "Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves", there's a thrilling grace to the kitchen scenes between The Bride and Vernita Green.  Finally, there's the acting: The Bride should be an action movie star, up there with John McClane and The Man with No Name. Uma Thurman does a tremondous job making The Bride into a badass warrior with a very human side, as seen in her interactions with Vernita's daughter, Nicki. On a side note, there's a great flashback story for O-ren Ishii created by Production I.G., an anime company whose such work includes NGE: Death and Rebirth, The End of Evangelion, and FLCL (a.k.a. Fooly Cooly).

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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Kill Bill - Volume One
Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack [Explicit] (Soundtrack)
Kill Bill - Volume One [Blu-ray]

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