Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Death Proof

"Death Proof" (2007, Quentin Tarantino, Troublemaker Studios, The Weinstein Co., Dimension Films) is a Grindhouse-style film about a killer in a stunt car whose favourite victims are young, drunk bimbos in tight clothing.

Kurt Russell plays 'Stuntman' Mike, an ageing Hollywood stuntman who stalks young, attractive women and drives about in an old stunt Chevrolet which he maintains is 'death proof'.  He then proceeds to demonstrate this by using it as a weapon, for you see, it is only 'death proof' for him!

But his reign of terror can truly not last forever, and maybe, just maybe, one day he'll meet his match!

A modern film which aims for the Grindhouse vibe, complete with the Grindhouse-y camera-work we have come to know and love. The first half of this film is pretty great. It does get a little boring and slow though, but generally the car chase scenes make up for those bits. Although I wasn't loving the misogynistic chat after a while... I adore Kurt Russell, and he's very good at bringing this asshole character to life. Stuntman Mike is a complete douche!

The characters are mighty disposable, but it's a movie about a maniac in a car, so I wasn't expecting much in the way of character development.

Kurt Russell delivers a fantastically creepy stalker character who has a very nasty side, and we have some cameos in the forms of Eli Roth, Rose McGowan and Mr. Director himself.

"Death Proof" starts off promisingly with some good dialogue, some creepiness, some lap-dancing and then some horrorshow brutality, unfortunately the rest of the film is a little slow and it wanders a bit. It's a film you have to see at least once, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it's a great Grindhouse film and it's far from the best Tarantino film!

[Image: Dimension Films]