BILL (Released in 2 Volumes)
Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Jason
Biggs, Sonny Chiba, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Lucy
Liu. LaTanya Richardson, Bo Svenson, Quentin Tarantino,
Michael Jai White
by : Quentin Tarantino.
Written by : Quentin Tarantino.
Action Choreographers: Yuen Woo Ping (kung fu), Sonny
Distributor: Miramax Films
PREMIERE: May, 2003, Cannes Film Festival
16 APRIL 2004
UK: 23 APRIL 2004
this film noir tale, an assassin called the Bride (Thurman)
is shot down, with child, by her employer (and recent
bridesgroom), Bill (Carradine) and other members of
their assassin circle, at her wedding (along with everyone
at the wedding). She, however, survives, though a bullet
in her brain keeps her in a coma for five years. She
wakes up PISSED OFF, soon setting out to seek... revenge.
She seeks out the various members of the assassin group,
globetrotting to kill them each in order, saving Bill
for last. It's also possible that characters from some
other Tarantino projects, or even other movies he wasn't
involved with, may also appear (source: AICN). (Madsen
plays Bill's brother; Liu plays the "queen"
of the Japanese Yakuza; Hannah plays his second-in-command)
(20 May 2003)The
huge hiatus between Kill Bill and Jackie Brown could
be a killer. Tarantino came along in the early 90s and
did to movies what the Sex Pistols did to music in the
mid-70s. Kicked it up its smug assinine ass. But has
his time been and gone? To be honest this flick sounds
like overblown crap - a paraody of QT's former greatness.
Hope I'm wrong - dead wrong. Mind you, even Tarantino
on cruise control is better than Charlies Angels on
Thurman gets ready to give some extra the chop
BORE OF DIMINISHING RETURNS
when Tarantino was so hip it hurt? Course you do! You read
the style mags and were in at the beginning. You were hot
to trot for the Q-Man before the plebs got wise.
Well get wise to this. It's over man. I was there. Reservoir
Dogs was so cool and so bright you had to wear shades. Pulp
Fiction reminded us that you could cut films in a way that
still had a beginning, a middle and an end. But not necessarily
in that order. Thrilling stuff that took the conventions of
the genre and replayed them back so you weren't sure whether
it was real or Memorex.
Well Kill Bill ain't real. It isn't even unreal. It's a complete
bloody mess. And not simply in the slashed, hacked and mutilated
body count. At times I disliked this movie intensely on many
levels. Most of all because Tarantino is now the establishment
figure who figures that he no longer has to surprise his audience.
Anyone with half a brain (like me) already knows that if he's
doing a Kung Fu movie, then he's going to be more bloody,
more violent and more outrageous than all the movie references
he can steal - sorry "homage".
So if you're expecting that, then you will not be disappointed.
However if you'd like some well-rounded characters - as in
Pulp Fiction, then forget it. If you'd like something to make
sense, like Bruce Willis returning to his home to pick up
his dad's watch, then forget it.
In fact, regarding Bill? Forget it. Period. (Great music track