A Film Review: KILL BILL V 1&2

Essay by lizbeth_xoxoJunior High, 8th grade June 2007

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Kill Bill, volumes one and two, will have your movie screens dripping and oozing with blood in a way that has never been so entertaining. The film, which was split into two volumes under a decision made by Miramax, marks the much anticipated screen return of the most controversial American film maker of our time, Quentin Tarentino (Jackie Brown 1997, Reservoir Dogs 1992, Pulp Fiction 1994).

Kill Bill is based largely on Tarentino’s admiration for grindhouse cinema (kung-fu movies), samurai films, spaghetti westerns and gore fests of the '70s and early '80s. The film relishes movie buffs in references from some classic films of similar genre; Uma Thurman wears a costume identical to one Bruce Lee wore in his last film and the nurse’s whistle was the theme from "Twisted Nerve" (1970).

Tarentino’s latest brilliance follows the lone survivor, known only as The bride (Uma Thurman), whose wedding party, along with her unborn child, are massacred at the alter and left for dead.

After four years in coma, The Bride awakens with a metal plate in her head and vengeance in her heart. She sets on a mad mission to seek justice against those responsible, all members of her former team, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, a past she was trying to leave behind.

The first movie details her lethal elimination of Vernita Green, aka Copperhead (Vivica A. Fox), and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), the Chinese-Japanese-American head of the Tokyo underworld. Ahead lies Elle Driver/California Mountain Snake (Daryl Hannah), Budd/Sidewinder (Michael Madsen) and, of course, Bill, former lover and boss and father of the child she was pregnant with.

Every moment of violence is surprisingly watchable. Each scene is filled with meticulous detail and shows a lack of originality while maintaining its genius as an action packed entertainment. The...