Kill Bill Vol. 1
After a six-year hiatus, Quentin Tarantino returns to the director's chair with KILL BILL. The movie proves once again that he is a... Read More
After a six-year hiatus, Quentin Tarantino returns to the director's chair with KILL BILL. The movie proves once again that he is a hyperactive visionary and the master of cinematic coolness. Split into two volumes by Miramax in order to ensure that Tarantino's vision would not be compromised (and presumably to sell more tickets), KILL BILL: VOL. 1 tells the first half of the sprawling story, which is quite simple at first glance. A female assassin, referred to as "The Bride" (Uma Thurman), is attacked on her wedding day. Dead are her soon-to-be husband and unborn child. However, she doesn't die. Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Although her ultimate target is her former boss, Bill (David Carradine), it's quite clear that The Bride is saving the best for last. And before she can track him down, she must methodically take out the minions who ruined her life. VOLUME 1's targets include Vernita Green/Copperhead (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), and the heartless O... Minimize
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|Stars||Chiaki Kuriyama, Lucy Liu, Sonny Chiba, Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox|
|Actors||Chia Hui Liu, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Julie Dreyfus, Michael Madsen|
|Available Formats||DVD, VHS|
|Subgenre||Violence • Martial Arts • Murder • Black Comedy • Crime • Samurai • Essential Cinema|
|MPAA Rating||R (MPAA)|
|Running Time||1hr 51min|
|Professional Reviews||(01/01/2004, p.45, Film Comment Staff): "A new wrinkle on pastiche -- the first bona fide mainstream mix movie, and long live the director as DJ.", (01/01/2008, p.194, William Thomas): 4 stars out of 5 -- "KILL BILL offers many glimpses of Tarantino's maverick genius...", (09/29/2003, p.56-64, Todd McCarthy): "...A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along...", (10/10/2003, p.1E, Mike Clark): "...Tarantino can glean excitement out of someone walking across a room....And he's funny...", (10/10/2003, p.C1, Manohla Dargis): "...The ultimate film-geek freakout, a compendium of 1960s and 1970s cine-references...", (10/10/2003, p.E1, A. O. Scott): "...There are some strong and diverse flavors, as well as vivid colors in the mix, all of them deftly reflected in the hip-hop artist RZA's clever, eclectic score...", (10/17/2003, p.57-8, Owen Gleiberman): "...It's a tale of vengeance that hinges on Tarantino's love of ferocity as spectacle...", (10/30/2003, p.99, Peter Travers): "...In KILL BILL, Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies -- the thrill you get from something down, dirty and dangerous...", (11/01/2003, p.88-9, Jamie Graham): "...Quite brilliant....It's all here: the sudden shifts of tone, the flip-flopping time structure, the supercool slo-mo, the exquisite humour, the pitch-perfect performances and, of course, the trademark dialogue...", (12/01/2003, p.40-2, Kim Newman): "...This is a down-and-dirty kung fu picture..."|
Product Review Summary
59 Reviews from Epinions.com
Jun 21, 2008
Here comes the bride! Kill Bill: Volume One.
Pros: Utterly cool and relentlessly hip.
Cons: As bloody as it is cool.
Apr 13, 2004
Kill Bill: Vol. 1; Tarantino Returns With a Vengeance
Pros: Pros: Great plotline; Fun, fun, fun to watch
Cons: Flirts with gratuitous violence.
Apr 15, 2004
Kill Bill Vol. 1: Maximum Gore
Pros: Kinetic, funny, violent, mad, gory revenge flick with an overload of style and wit.
Cons: Dying to see the second half
Sep 7, 2004
An Assassination Attempt on Feminine Stereotypes in Film Making
Pros: Amazing Action, Uma Thurman's performance, Simple yet powerful story
Cons: Sometimes feels dragged out since it was cut into two movies
Apr 24, 2004
I Can Say It Without Ego: This is the Best Film of 2003
Pros: the fight scenes, the dialogue, the soundtrack, the filming and cinematogrpahy
Cons: it is brutally violent
Sep 29, 2004
Here Comes The Bride
Pros: Action sequences
Cons: Only half a film, lack of plot structure
By: lynus in Movies at Epinions.com
Jun 10, 2004
Lynus First Review on Quentin Tarantinos Fourth Film Kill Bill
Pros: Excellent directing, pacing, great action.
Cons: Bloody. Almost as bloody as Braindead (Dead Alive).
Jul 28, 2004
By: deadmilkboy in Movies at Epinions.com
Apr 20, 2004
Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with samurai swords...Tarantino and Thurman slay 'em!
Pros: The first half is a kinetic, bloody, gaudy revenge fantasy, yet a small masterpiece.
Cons: It took the second half too much time to come out.