Wow! Trust Quentin Tarantino to take a somewhat lame idea (a psycho stalking women with his car) and turn it into a cool, highly-quotable take on 70's exploitation flicks.
The dialogue is typically inventive and interesting with numerous pop-culture references. The action is furiously edgy, filmed with real cars and stuntmen, no computer generated effects here. The cast are also superb, with Kurt Russell finally getting the chance to play a deranged psychopath. And he pulls it off with maniacal glee. The bevy of beautiful ladies are too many to mention, although Vanessa Ferlito (of CSI New York fame) performs a lap dance that is extremely sexy.
Tarantino also has the audacity to make the film feel like an 'old school' flick, and this is best observed in the colours and the grainy texture of the film. Certain scenes also just cut to the next, and some seem to have spooling problems, making it feel like you sitting in a bioscope in the 1970's. And that was one of the aims of the production, which formed half of the Grindhouse double feature experience along with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror. An excitingly enjoyable film experience from one of the two most innovative directors in the business. Next up, bring on the terror! (4 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Director Quentin Tarantino delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart with Death Proof, a peddle to the metal white knuckle ride behind the wheel of a psycho serial killer's roving, revving, racing death machine. Featuring exhilarating high speed action, jaw-dropping stunts, and some of the most quotable lines since Pulp Fiction. Kurt Russell stars as a sociopathic stuntman whose taste for stalking sexy young ladies gets him into big trouble when he tangles with the wrong gang of badass babes. Their confrontation escalates to a hair-raising, 18-minute automotive duel with one of the girls strapped to the hood of a thundering Dodge Challenger that will have you on the edge of your seat mile after mile
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Fri, 8 Aug 2008 | Review by: Micky B
Director Quentin Tarantino's movies fall into roughly the same category as Wilbur Smith's books. We all check them out avidly; but whether we really understand them; or even remember them afterwards, is a moot point!
And it's hard, now, to recall podgy middle-aged Kurt Russell as the child star he once was for Disney! He's very good here as "Stuntman Mike" though - an ageing movie double, who spends his after-hours life in bars, chatting up girls. It's his car - not him - that frightens them, they tell him. However, he more than meets his match when three tough chicks encounter him; for the second time round.
The director's weird reminder that you could well be watching an at times very scratchy 16mm home movie, takes a bit of getting used to (it's rather clever though.) And one scene in which sepia suddenly pops into vivid colour, is most effective - as is the "surprise me" editing all the way through, that must have stirred up the serious film critics no end. Worth seeing.
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