Clue Movie Review
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Quentin "Pulp Fiction" Tarantino delivers a kung fu opus worthy of the title of the most blood splattering that Iíve seen on screen ever. I always get excited about a Tarantino film. Theyíve got their own style and story technique. He always delivers an in your face film filled with terrific language. This film doesnít have as much snappy dialogue, but itís still there.
The 4th film from Quentin Tarantino is being split up into 2 pieces with Volume 2 coming out in February 2004. I must say that I was skeptical when I initially heard that Iíd have to pay twice to see one movie. But after seeing Kill Bill twice, I now see what a good plan that is. This film is so blood soaked and action intensive, that I was glad to see that at the end of this film, I would get a break and not have to endure any more for a few months. I donít think that I would have been able to take it. Since each scene, was a bit more bloody and intense as the last.
From the opening credits, he had me hooked. Great music throughout this film keeps the furious pace going. Although the movie is quite violent and intense, itís the crazy cartoonish violence that weíve come to expect from Tarantino. The film is ultra stylish. There are black and white sequences, shifting to bold color sequences and even an anime sequence to boot. Great performances permeate this film and some fantastic action sword fighting scenes. Outstanding Kung Fu Action too! It's marvelously edited and beautifully shot from beginning to end. This film is a fresh original piece of movie making. Although, it seems that Tarantino has borrowed heavily from many Hong Kong action films, especially from the Shaw Brothers. I havenít seen any of their films that I know of, but I know the style of films.
The plot of this film is plain and simple. Itís a revenge story. Uma Thurmanís character, known as the Bride (or Black Mamba), is beaten and stabbed nearly to death. She doesnít die, but ends up in a coma and wakes up a few years later. She swears revenge and makes a list of kills to wipe out the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. The characters are all well fleshed out, but this movie isnít about character development, itís about the crazy action sequences. Many Hong Kong action stars in the movie join Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen and Vivica A. Fox. This combination results in some subtitles to understand what some of the characters are saying, but shouldnít deter anyoneís enjoyment of the movie. This movie also ends on a stunning jaw dropping cliffhanger, which should up the ante on Volume 2. So be prepared for even more violence next time around.
Quentin Tarantino has crafted another quirky crazy movie that I absolutely loved. I donít know where he comes up with this stuff. He also loves movies and that shines through on each and every movie that he makes. This movie never takes itself seriously and just delivers. Itís a fun and intense ride from beginning to end. I highly recommend this film, but caution some of you. If youíre not into blood splattering and oozing in a million different directions, this movie may not be for you. Itís a visceral emotional release of a movie. I recommend seeing it even more if youíre in a pissed off mood. Boy, is it a release of all those emotions.
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