Tarantino Movie Reviews: Deathproof
Deathproof A Tarantino Movie Review
Quentin Tarantino's films have become cult must watch cinema, what with Pulp Fiction and Reservior Dogs which are regarded his most popular films, although his recent efforts such as Kill Bill really brought home that Tarantino edge that is apparent in all of his films with the punchy dialogue and the characters.
Deathproof is another great example of the characters that speak with realistic and down to earth character driven speech that just seems so real among friends that it just made me believe that the actors in the film were actually best friends and that's why in the first half of the film, you are drawn in to care about the first set of girls before they all die horrifically at the wheel of Stuntman Mike played by Kurt Russel, of course you are shown a test run of the characters and who they were so that you know when Stuntman Mike tries to do the same again, you just know it can't end up the same way, because movies just don't work that way.
The story starts off with 3 girls going on a trip to one of the girls fathers lodge and on the way they meet up with some friends and then happen to meet Stuntman Mike who has been stalking the 3 girls really as he is a sick sociopath serial killer who uses his car to kill women, later on that night the girls and another woman are driving to the lodge but Stuntman Mike runs head on into their car with his Deathproof car and what has to be a spectacular mix of stunt, crash effects and a severed leg flung from the car, all four of the girls are killed.
Forward 14 months later and Stuntman Mike picks his next victims, who just happen to be 3 more girls in a car, but the Stuntman has picked the wrong chicks to mess with as they look like his previous victims, but as he finds out, first impressions don't mean a thing as he quite rightly becomes the victim, goodbye Stuntman Mike!
I liked this film and it was a bit slow in parts, but it equalled this out by making you think about the characters and care about them, as a character driven movie you would expect all of this anyway and then the nastiness of Kurt Russels character really brings things to a great closing 20 minutes with a car chase that gets it's roles reversed as Stuntman Mike Bites off more than he can chew.
This was a classic car movie that had a definite feel of the old grindhouse movies of the 70's with it's authentic scratched lensing just like it's other half of the double feature which came out the same time as this Planet Terror.
I highly recommend watching this to see Stuntman Mike get a bitch slapping.
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