Death Proof (18)

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Mon Sep 17 2007

The connections between Quentin Tarantino and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are not, it must be said, extensive. Still, it’s striking that, like Apichatpong’s ‘Syndromes and a Century’ (also out this week), ‘Death Proof’ offers two incarnations of the same story and, in its own way, is concerned with seeking meaning through iteration and the practice of cinema. Still, we aren’t likely to see Apichatpong making a film about a former stuntman who gets his kicks by offing honeys with a weaponised sedan any time soon.

The first time we meet Kurt Russell’s Stuntman Mike, he cosies up to a group of chicks in a Texas roadhouse; next time round, he takes on another three in Tennessee. Despite its double structure, ‘Death Proof’ is something of a spare limb, made as part of ‘Grindhouse’, the high-concept retro genre pastiche double bill that tanked at the US box office. It was always going to be an action-heavy, plot-light exercise in fan-boy indulgence, an essentially masturbatory fantasy project (almost literally when it comes to foot fetishisation), and being extended by 25 minutes only serves to exacerbate these tendencies.

So, yes, the characters talk in Tarantino-speak-squared, the violence is hand-rubbingly sadistic and the whole thing is swathed in several layers of quotation marks. But smart attention is also paid to some interesting tensions between old and new in areas as varied as pop culture, photography, effects work, automobile construction, telephony and audio recording technology. And if you have an inner (or outer) fan-boy to indulge, the climactic extended car chase is a bona fide old-school tour de force.

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Thu Sep 20, 2007

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SteeV

Deathproof is one of my favorite films, and one of my favorite Tarantino films. So many people hate it for so many reasons, it amazes me. I like how understated it is while being so intricate. Quentin has a way with dialogue that, to me, is so natural. He pics up on the nuances that make good conversation worth having and progressive. Maybe it's "Tarantino"-y but I enjoy Tarantino films because they ARE Tarantino films. I really enjoy that you can see his love for the genres (badass heroines, and gnarly car chases) oozing from every frame. And, he knows his shit. Every shot is intentional and I appreciate his decisiveness. Quentin delivers to us exactly what he wanted to in this film, and you have to consider that when watching it. Sure doesn't every director? Maybe yes, but Quentin is so specific. Its like you can enjoy a slice of his mind pie, and within that slice there are a thousand flickers of films and ideas, all cohesively baked together. If you like action, you got it. If you like hot babes kicking ass, you got it. If you like witty and insightful dialogue, you got it. A fascinating story, its there. Blood and gore, there's enough and its pretty brilliant. Character development, they sure grow on you. Classic car showdown, the best in years. Interesting filming techniques, you'll find a few. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. Stop focusing so much on what it's not and enjoy it for what it is, and in my opinion, the good vastly out weighs the bad. Unless you're miserable, pretentious, have the worst taste in film of all time, or perhaps don't have a head.

SteeV

Deathproof is one of my favorite films, and one of my favorite Tarantino films. So many people hate it for so many reasons, it amazes me. I like how understated it is while being so intricate. Quentin has a way with dialogue that, to me, is so natural. He pics up on the nuances that make good conversation worth having and progressive. Maybe it's "Tarantino"-y but I enjoy Tarantino films because they ARE Tarantino films. I really enjoy that you can see his love for the genres (badass heroines, and gnarly car chases) oozing from every frame. And, he knows his shit. Every shot is intentional and I appreciate his decisiveness. Quentin delivers to us exactly what he wanted to in this film, and you have to consider that when watching it. Sure doesn't every director? Maybe yes, but Quentin is so specific. Its like you can enjoy a slice of his mind pie, and within that slice there are a thousand flickers of films and ideas, all cohesively baked together. If you like action, you got it. If you like hot babes kicking ass, you got it. If you like witty and insightful dialogue, you got it. A fascinating story, its there. Blood and gore, there's enough and its pretty brilliant. Character development, they sure grow on you. Classic car showdown, the best in years. Interesting filming techniques, you'll find a few. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. Stop focusing so much on what it's not and enjoy it for what it is, and in my opinion, the good vastly out weighs the bad. Unless you're miserable, pretentious, have the worst taste in film of all time, or perhaps don't have a head.

James

After reading so many negative reviews I was expecting a dire film but I actually thought it was great, wildly entertaining and quite funny! Yes the dialogue does sound a little too 'tarantino' in parts and some of it is totally irrelivant but isnt that the point? I was genuinely surprised by the ending of the first half and was crying with laughter during the end of the second. For an entertaining film where you can just disengage your brain and enjoy yourself I cant reccomend this film highly enough - stop taking movies so seriously guys, they are there to be enjoyed!!!

Chsdudhf

I honestly believe this was the worst movie ever created the dialog went no where and for that movie to be made in 2007 it has the worst so called action sequense I've ever seen I honestly think I could give my came phone to a Jr. High School student and let him/her use her imagination and they will come up with something utterly trumping this waste of film and money QT could have done so much better there's no point in puting out a movie if it wasn't finished or if he didn't put his time into it Im sorry to all the QT fan boys who will say that I'm retarded and have no idea what I'm talking about but for u saying this is a jewel or even a ok/tolleralable movie get off QT's sack and really look at the movie for what it's worth not for who made it. IMO worst movie I ever sat down and watch all the way through 2 times (to make sure I didn't miss out on anything) I gave that movie a fair chance and will not give the movie and good review to anyone who asks QT needs to step his game back up and create some better movies again

alex

What a complete disappointment of a film. QT's efforts were lazy as well as mediocre. I am a big fan of his and this is his worst offering, he had his 70s tribute with kill bill and worked well. This was just tripe, I couldnt wait for it to finish. Kurt Russell was wasted in it, the dialogue was piss-poor, it doesnt go ANYWHERE. He basically made a homage to his own movies as well as 70s b-movies. Come on you can do better surely!!!

Magmabulle

Death Proof is at times surprising, suspense and great. Tarantino shows that he is a master of camera work, music and light, and the car scenes are really good. However, the dialogue is not remotely close of being as good as in, for example, Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, which is one of the problems with Death Proof. If a movie should have hours of talking, at least make it good.

Magmabulle

Death Proof is at times surprising, suspense and great. Tarantino shows that he is a master of camera work, music and light, and the car scenes are really good. However, the dialogue is not remotely close of being as good as in, for example, Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, which is one of the problems with Death Proof. If a movie should have hours of talking, at least make it good.

Kev

I am not a great fan of QT's ... I turned pulp fiction off after 15 mins ...but luved from dusk till dawn ... mixed reviews on this 1 ... luved the car scenes .. but it drawled on & on & on & on ....oh & on ... till the end car chase scene which I thought was totally gripping and a rush. If your a QT fan you'll luv it ..if not .. be preppared for a long haul... Kurt russell is, once again, you'll believe his character apart from that ermmmmmmm ...read from top again

Robert

Hey guys! It's only a movie. It has been made to entertain you. Intelligent dialogue, beautiful girls, sexy dancing, great music, car crashes, car chases, blood and guts....what else do you want to be entertained? Simply put, this was a great movie!!!!

Robert

Hey guys! It's only a movie. It has been made to entertain you. Intelligent dialogue, beautiful girls, sexy dancing, great music, car crashes, car chases, blood and guts....what else do you want to be entertained? Simply put, this was a great movie!!!!

Liz

A definite Tarantino best, this film captures you and you become part of it. After being entranced by the car chase in the second part, with the memories of the first part, your adrenaline will be pumping with the ultra-climactic ending. The video effects and soundtrack make this movie quite an art. You will only be disappointed if you don't understand the Tarantino genre. This became an instant favorite of mine before the movie ended.

Liz

A definite Tarantino best, this film captures you and you become part of it. After being entranced by the car chase in the second part, with the memories of the first part, your adrenaline will be pumping with the ultra-climactic ending. The video effects and soundtrack make this movie quite an art. You will only be disappointed if you don't understand the Tarantino genre. This became an instant favorite of mine before the movie ended.

Thomas

Having read some reviews I was a little dubious, and a little hesitant to go and see the film, However from the scratchy opening trailer, with Keith Mansfield fantastically putting me in the right mood for this piece of genious. Possibly the sexiest film I've seen for a long time, although Tarrentino's (ironic?) foot fetish features so promenantly. This is also one of the most feminist film's I have ever seen, Kurt Russel is absolutely wonderful, and the dialogue hits home run's 85% of the time and is the only film I can think of to give great lines to women as well as men. Also features the world's best car crash, and then the most ridiculously extreme car chase ever. I found this film beautiful.

Thomas

Having read some reviews I was a little dubious, and a little hesitant to go and see the film, However from the scratchy opening trailer, with Keith Mansfield fantastically putting me in the right mood for this piece of genious. Possibly the sexiest film I've seen for a long time, although Tarrentino's (ironic?) foot fetish features so promenantly. This is also one of the most feminist film's I have ever seen, Kurt Russel is absolutely wonderful, and the dialogue hits home run's 85% of the time and is the only film I can think of to give great lines to women as well as men. Also features the world's best car crash, and then the most ridiculously extreme car chase ever. I found this film beautiful.

J in Wandsworth Town

This movie rocked. People actually clapped after the film was over...I can't even remember the last time that has happened in a cinema. Highly recommended.

J in Wandsworth Town

This movie rocked. People actually clapped after the film was over...I can't even remember the last time that has happened in a cinema. Highly recommended.

alex

I thoroughly enjoyed Death Proof, And I love the fact that nearly every critic in the world has suddenly turned on both the film and it's director, QT should take comfort in the fact that it flew right over their heads. Believe me, in twenty years time they'll all be hailing it as a masterpiece.

alex

I thoroughly enjoyed Death Proof, And I love the fact that nearly every critic in the world has suddenly turned on both the film and it's director, QT should take comfort in the fact that it flew right over their heads. Believe me, in twenty years time they'll all be hailing it as a masterpiece.

debora

i was so absolutely dissapointed what a load of garbage,all talk no action..

Joe

The problem with the so-called "cool" and "witty" dialogue is that all the characters speak in the same voice - Tarantino's voice. To have one character express him or herself in an overly verbose manner is fine. But the problem is that ALL the characters in his films speak in an overlong, verbose manner! A boring, self-indulgent film, a million miles away from the heights of Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.

holden mcneal

this film was just flat out different. kurt russel ruled, snake plissckin mixed with ruetger huers the hitcher legend of a film with an amazing sound track.

holden mcneal

this film was just flat out different. kurt russel ruled, snake plissckin mixed with ruetger huers the hitcher legend of a film with an amazing sound track.

JayG

I went to see this with a heavy heart, having heard so many bad reviews. But I loved this to bits! What a rush! I love Tarantino but can see his faults, but I disagree with all the moans about banter (I didn't find it boring, I thought it needed it to make you bond with the girls, and it also differentiated it from a true sexploitation 70's movie). The violence was, for the most part, cartoonish (except perhaps the first one which was more disturbing) and having ensured that I didn't read too much about the actual plot beforehand the turnaround delighted me. Self-indulgent? Maybe. But can you say that any of Tarantino's work isn't?? I think a lot of disappointment in this film is because it does subvert things, and hence those expecting a simple kill-fest will be disappointed. Embrace it. Suspend belief. Join in with the ride....

JayG

I went to see this with a heavy heart, having heard so many bad reviews. But I loved this to bits! What a rush! I love Tarantino but can see his faults, but I disagree with all the moans about banter (I didn't find it boring, I thought it needed it to make you bond with the girls, and it also differentiated it from a true sexploitation 70's movie). The violence was, for the most part, cartoonish (except perhaps the first one which was more disturbing) and having ensured that I didn't read too much about the actual plot beforehand the turnaround delighted me. Self-indulgent? Maybe. But can you say that any of Tarantino's work isn't?? I think a lot of disappointment in this film is because it does subvert things, and hence those expecting a simple kill-fest will be disappointed. Embrace it. Suspend belief. Join in with the ride....

Paul

Overly long, and in need of edits, a couple of good car scenes, but not worthy of cult status. The girlies will like the ending, total girl power.

Ems In London

Ooooh weeeeee!! Quality classic right here ladies and gents. There is good, bad and down right ugly in this movie. Kurt Russell and sooo good at being bad I have to wonder why it took so long for him to do it! See it, see it now!!

Ems In London

Ooooh weeeeee!! Quality classic right here ladies and gents. There is good, bad and down right ugly in this movie. Kurt Russell and sooo good at being bad I have to wonder why it took so long for him to do it! See it, see it now!!

Carl

Tarantino is back but unfortunately he's not back-to-back like the movie was meant to be in the states. I was really looking forward to seeing the full Grindhouse movie experience in the cinema with all the fake film trailers by Rob Zombie, Robert Rodriguez, Edgar Wright and Eli Roth in its full 3hr showing. I know the Yankees didn't understand the whole concept of the Grindhouse (even though they are the ones who invented it, which really shows you how much they pay attention to their cultural history) and they were afraid of the length of this masterpiece. All I can say to them is "YOU BASTARDS". This is the most amazing film of the year and is def my favourite which is saying a lot considering this is the year of the movies. Death Proof offers a no holds bard adrenaline filled joy ride of action and suspense that only Tarantino himself can pull off. Kurt Russell is wicked as Stuntman Mike and the ladies of Death Proof produce superb dialog which seems reminiscent of 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' days. Tarantino also offers a fantastic soundtrack which fits perfectly with the movie's high octane manner (which is kindly offered to us by 'AMI' the jukebox :P) Make sure you grab your ticket on the day because this is a film to watch as soon as they open those Grindhouse doors. Don't listen to what the critics say about this film, the movie will never die, in fact it is 'DEATH PROOF'!! Don't forget to catch the second part of the Grindhouse experience, Robert Rodriguez 'PLANET TERROR' out in October 07.

Carl

Tarantino is back but unfortunately he's not back-to-back like the movie was meant to be in the states. I was really looking forward to seeing the full Grindhouse movie experience in the cinema with all the fake film trailers by Rob Zombie, Robert Rodriguez, Edgar Wright and Eli Roth in its full 3hr showing. I know the Yankees didn't understand the whole concept of the Grindhouse (even though they are the ones who invented it, which really shows you how much they pay attention to their cultural history) and they were afraid of the length of this masterpiece. All I can say to them is "YOU BASTARDS". This is the most amazing film of the year and is def my favourite which is saying a lot considering this is the year of the movies. Death Proof offers a no holds bard adrenaline filled joy ride of action and suspense that only Tarantino himself can pull off. Kurt Russell is wicked as Stuntman Mike and the ladies of Death Proof produce superb dialog which seems reminiscent of 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction' days. Tarantino also offers a fantastic soundtrack which fits perfectly with the movie's high octane manner (which is kindly offered to us by 'AMI' the jukebox :P) Make sure you grab your ticket on the day because this is a film to watch as soon as they open those Grindhouse doors. Don't listen to what the critics say about this film, the movie will never die, in fact it is 'DEATH PROOF'!! Don't forget to catch the second part of the Grindhouse experience, Robert Rodriguez 'PLANET TERROR' out in October 07.