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October 26th, 2003

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11:01 pm - Kill Bill Volume 1
Yup, I'm back and passing out reviews like a neighbor passing out candy on Halloween! This week, I'm gonna be reviewing some of the horror genres' best (and worst). BUT FIRST, I'll be reviewing one of the more popular films out there: Quentin Tarantino's fourth film Kill Bill Volume 1.

The story is very simple: REVENGE. Uma Thurman plays The Bride, a former female assassin that decides to leave her murderous life for a quieter one for her and her unborn child. However, her small Texas wedding is crashed by her former assassin co-workers and her former boss, Bill (David Carradine). Her wedding party is killed, she is beaten up by her former associates, and is given a bullet into her head by Bill himself. After 4 years in a coma, she awakens to find that she has a metal plate in her head and no child. She decides to seek her revenge on those who tried to murder her: O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), Budd (Michael Madsen), and finally Bill.

I had high expectations for this movie, especially since it was to be Tarantino's grand re-entry into film-making after being gone for almost 7 years. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The storyline, although very simple, is excellent about sucking in the audience and allowing them to fully feel the whole Kill Bill experience. Thurman, Liu, Hannah, and Fox all turn in phenomenal performances as the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS). Thurman's Bride is so convincing that, even as she ruthlessly kills her victims, makes you understand where she's coming from, and you cannot help BUT to root for her. The movie plays like an older martial arts movie, although it is reminiscent of Pulp Fiction in that it is shown out of chronological sequence. However, after seeing the whole movie, one could obviously understand why Tarantino decided to have it set up that way. The only drawback (which really isn't a drawback, IMHO) is the gratuitous spraying of blood throughout the movie. Instead of apologizing for it, Tarantino seems to be doing the backstroke in the pool of blood. The bloodfest does not detract from the movie at all. In fact, it enhances the moviegoers' experience. All in all, Kill Bill Volume 1 is a very entertaining film to watch. I'm definitely preoredering my ticket to see Kill Bill Volume 2.

Rating: 9

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