Death Proof (2007)

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Overview
Director:
Quentin Tarantino
Writer:
Quentin Tarantino (written by)
Release Date:
21 September 2007 (UK)
Genre:
Crime
Tagline:
These 8 Women Are About To Meet 1 Diabolical Man!
Plot Outline:
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his “death proof” cars to execute his murderous plans.

Cast

(Cast overview, first billed only)

Kurt Russell    …     Stuntman Mike

Zoe Bell    …     Herself (as Zoë Bell)

Rosario Dawson    …     Abernathy

Vanessa Ferlito    …     Arlene

Sydney Tamiia Poitier    …     Jungle Julia (as Sydney Poitier)

Tracie Thoms    …     Kim

Rose McGowan    …     Pam

Jordan Ladd    …     Shanna

Mary Elizabeth Winstead    …     Lee

Quentin Tarantino    …     Warren

Marcy Harriell    …     Marcy

Eli Roth    …     Dov

Omar Doom    …     Nate

Michael Bacall    …     Omar

Monica Staggs    …     Lanna Frank

IMDB

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This is a yes and no film for me.  I liked some of it, beginning and middle.  The end was a disaster as far as I’m concerned.

Tarantino has a way with films that most other directors can only dream about having.  His films are sweeping without having a huge plot, and the subtleties are simply breath taking.  His dedication to detail is simply flawless.  However….

I am starting to find some of his films samey.  And that’s how I felt at the beginning of Death Proof.  But that changed rather quickly and his take on the horror genre, at least until the end, is how every horror film should be, not this teen trash we are forced to watch these days *cough Saw quadrilogy and counting cough*.

The ending?  Well, watch and you will find out, I just hope you aren’t as disappointed in the last ten or twenty minutes as I was.

To surmise?  It’s a film I recommend, as with most of Tarantino’s.  His film making is always a breath of fresh air.

On a side note, its a shame that the ‘double feature’ of this and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror couldn’t be released as ‘Grindhouse’ in the cinema as planned, as a two movie sitting.  Planet Terror is on my hit list, and probably the Grindhouse DVD which will no doubt feature both films released as intended.

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