Kill Bill: Volume 1

The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino (Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction & Jackie Brown make up his first three), this movie is his apparent homage to cheesy 70’s Kung Fu movies.

With gushing blood, violent swordfights, unbelievably hot women, and amazing music, he’s taken a dead or dying genre, and pumped new life back into it, or just completely obliterated it, depeding on your view.

In this movie we follow the unnamed Bride of a wedding, whose entire party of 8 was massacred, including her unborn baby (so she believes), and where she is the only sole survivor, after a bullet to the head from nearly point-blank range.

After waking up in a hospital four years later from the coma it put her into, she realizes what has happened, and takes some quick maneuvering to get out of the hospital unnoticed (after a brutal beating on some potential rapists, long story, watch the movie), where she quickly devises her plan to get her body back in working order, and seek revenge on those who did this to her…the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, a team she used to be a part of.  (Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Elle Macpherson, & led by David Carradine).

O-Ren Ishii (Liu) is head of the Japanese Crime syndicates and living prosperously there, while being guarded by her gang, the Crazy 88’s, who the Bride must completely descimate if she wants a shot at killing her nemesis.

Vernita Green (Fox) is now a suburban homemaker for her husband and daughter and challaneges the Bride to a knifefight which never occurs.

This movie is edited slightly out of order, which personally I LOVED in Pulp Fiction, but felt it was slightly unnecessary for this movie.  It didn’t really drive the story ahead to do it that way, and seems as if it would’ve been perfectly fine had it been IN order.  Maybe I’m wrong…probably.  Who knows.

Oh, yes, the film is violent.  Is it the most violent movie I’ve ever seen?  Nope.  Sin City probably takes that cake.  (Side note: Sin City was guest directed by Tarantino).

I think this movie is great.  But more than that, it’s a great lead-in to an even better movie, Kill Bill: Volume 2.

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