Death Proof (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2007, , , .  Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.  Cinematography by Quentin Tarantino.  Produced by , , , Quentin Tarantino.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double feature has been split into two separate films for the DVD market, with each film somewhat extended to better suit the format. In this underwhelming entry, a sadistic stunt driver () travels back roads in search of women to injure. After having his way with four girls he meets in a bar, he goes after another group of travelers, this time members of a movie crew who decide not to take the bastard’s tricks lying down. While the twenty-minute action sequence that concludes the film is an exceptional piece of work, featuring superb editing and some incredibly impressive stunts, the lead-up to it is nearly unbearable to take. Yes, we get that Tarantino is trying to capture the low-grade cinematic qualities of the seventies exploitation films he loves so much, but there’s a smug sense to the references that come off preachy instead of fun. Tarantino seems to think that he’s the only person who can teach us how to appreciate the kinds of films he’s paying tribute to, an ineffective homage considering that the characters are neither interesting or silly enough to be as campy as they should be.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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