Monday, June 20, 2016

Movie review: Grindhouse: Death Proof

Stuntman Mike may be out of the movies but he isn’t out of the game. After transforming his car into a death proof machine he uses it to satisfy his cravings as a psychotic serial killer terrifying women on the road. But when he targets a couple of stuntwomen and their friends the game is taken up a notch.

Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike), Zoe Bell (Zoe), Rosario Dawson (Abernathy), Vanessa Ferlito (Arlene), Sydney Poitier (Jungle Julia), Tracie Thorns (Kim), Rose McGowan (Pam), Jordan Ladd (Shanna), Quentin Tarantino (Warren).

Consistent with the Grindhouse films this is done in the genre of a bad 1960’s film with corny lead-in previews, bad video quality, and crummy camera work. And it hits the mark dead-on. With plenty of vintage Tarantino dialogue this one starts off pretty slow. Pretty girls trying to be sexy girls are about the only thing making the first 40 minutes bearable. After that the plot finally begins to congeal and things get a bit more interesting. After another 40 minutes about the time it feels like the movie is going nowhere, things really get interesting and the actors seem to find their pace and spark with each other.

Acting is maybe not the most enjoyable part of the film but it is quite interesting. Russell plays a role that is anything but typical for him very nicely. Bell, Ferlito and Poitier do well while Dawson and McGowan were superb. Even Tarantino does a decent job in his part.

Written by Tarantino, the dialogue and plot were twisty and curvy in all the right spots. Camera work was very good and consistent with the overall theme. Background and sets were good as was costuming and effects. Music was interesting as it always is in a Tarantino film and fit things perfectly.

Overall this isn’t the best of Grindhouse but it is a very enjoyable film, if you are a Tarantino or Kurt Russell fan.

Foul language, violence, sexuality, mild nudity, drugs and alcohol are all a big part of this one so save it for older teens and above.

Released: 2007
Reviewed: 6.8.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Slashers & Serial Killers, Suspense & Thrillers

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