Kill Bill (2003-2004)
Kill Bill is the story of our “Bride” (Uma Thurman) who, along with 9 others, was left for dead during her wedding rehearsal by the 5 members Deadly Viper Assassination Squad; O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen) and Bill (David Carradine) himself. She was once a member of this same squad years before, but when Bill thought she was dead and mourning his loss, she was out starting a new life. Well Bill wouldn’t allow that to happen, so as she confesses she is carrying his baby, she is shot in the head. Somehow surviving many years in a coma, she is back, armed with her Hattori Hanzo sword and yellow jumpsuit, to seek revenge on the people who left her for dead and killed her unborn baby, armed with her Hattori Hanzo sword and yellow jumpsuit.
The 4th film by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown), Kill Bill originally was to be released as 1 very long 4 hour movie (which is why I am reviewing it together) before being split into Kill Bill vol. 1 and Kill Bill vol. 2. The first installment revolves around the Bride (Black Mamba) going after Vernita Green (Copperhead) and O-Ren Ishii (Cotton Mouth) and the 2nd movie involves her going after Budd (Sidewinder), Elle (California Mountain Snake) and Bill (The Snake Charmer) himself. In between each person she tracks down, we learn a little about her background and how she becomes the ruthless killer we see on the screen. The story telling is fantastic and the contrast of action in the first, and drama in the second makes Kill Bill a long but entertaining film. I love music and the Yellow Jumpsuit that Uma Thurman wears as they set the mood and atmosphere nicely. I find it interesting how these “enemies” at times act civil towards each other as though they were still partners then in the next moment they are tearing each others heads off. If you’re into crazy adventure stories about revenge, or just like any of Tarantino’s other films, then Kill Bill is for you!
9/10 Stars – Perfect blend of action and drama, Uma Thurman delivers as a bad-ass Heroine you hope gets her revenge!
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