Monday, January 27, 2014

Death Proof (2007)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Composer: None.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, Rosario dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Omar Doom, Michael Parks, James Parks

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A White-Hot Juggernaut At 200 Miles Per Hour!

Plot: Two separate sets of women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

My rating: Theatrical cut 8/10, Extended cut 7/10

Will I watch it again? Theatrical cut, yes.

I caught this opening night as GRINDHOUSE (2007).  I loved the fuck out of the entire double bill with fake trailers.  The theatrical cut was 87 minutes but even that felt like there could have been a little more trimming involved.  It's sure as shit better than the extended cut that I finally watched that runs just over a half hour longer.  The problem is, I liked a lot of the scenes added to the longer version but when you take it all in as a whole, it's way too fucking long which diminished the impact of that balls-out amazing final half hour with that fuck-me-sideways great car chase. Kurt Russell is the fucking man.  When he looks at the camera shortly before we see the first kill, I'm in hysterics with laughter.

Like in every QT film, the performances are great and fun. The big surprise of the show is stuntwoman, Zoe Bell playing herself.  She's amazing.  Having her do her own stunts really sets this apart from just about every other movie with great car stunts and chases.  She needs to have my babies.  She's awesome enough to kill any dingos that try to take them, too...and with her bare hands!!!  Tarantino continues to pick great songs and film music cues to fill his movies with.  I always enjoy hearing his eclectic soundtracks.  Watching the extended cut was nice and all but so many of the scenes (no matter how much I enjoyed them) felt like they would be better serving the picture as extras but it's nice to have them both ways.  I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet someday and pick up the GRINDHOUSE (2007) Blu-ray and relive that wonderful experience I had all those years ago.

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