Summary Of Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction Summary Washington Post columnist and movie critic Desson Howe describes the movie Pulp Fiction as witty, ironic, and inspired. Howe further describes this movie as a "multi-plot" story. Many apparently independent stories fill the main scheme, which eventually pulls together at the end. He believes that the author/director should not make anymore of these type movies, however. Howe cites that Tarantino could risk making his movies seem common and, thus, no longer exciting to ordinary audiences. Howe uses complicated words and language in his critique, but he does not make his opinion clear.

Howe continues by vividly describing the characters of this unusual film, using strange words like "almost-Escherian". Samuel L. Jackson plays a professional gunman and killer. He philosophically quotes the Bible before executing his victims. Uma Thurman, looking odd in a black wig, plays a "zoned-out" gangster's girlfriend. Bruce Willis plays the part of a boxer who refuses to lose a fight on a bribe.

He next experiences a strange adventure, including a violent rape scene.

John Travolta, continues Howe, turns out the best role of his career. With Samuel L. Jackson, he discusses light subjects such as cheeseburgers, foot massages, and the legality of drugs in Holland. They discuss these subjects on their way to a typical workday murder. They casually get "into character " on their way to the apartment.

In one of the climatic scenes Uma Thurman overdoses using drugs. Her chaperon, John Travolta, revives her from her comatose state by injecting a needle directly into her heart. At this point Howe describes the scene as a combination of gloominess and an early American sitcom- frightful and "oddly funny".

In my opinion, Tarantino's Pulp Fiction shows different sides of life where people are dealing with drug dealers and "philosophical" killers.