CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

Grindhouse Part II - Tarantino's "Death Proof"

One of the biggest box office beatings of 2007 is Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez's "Grindhouse." The plans to continue the Tarantino/Rodriquez collaboration with "Sin City 2" has been delayed before of the poor financial performance. To make amends, both Tarantino and Rodriquez have taken their movies to the workshop and added extra footage and added the fake "missing reels." Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof" is the first to be released on DVD.

The plot features eight woman and their death duel with serial killer, Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell). The final twenty minutes of this movie features a great car chase featuring Zoe Bell (a stunt woman who portrays herself) trapped on the hood of a car. While Rose McGowan has received the most publicity for "Grindhouse," it is Zoe Bell's infectious charisma creates the most memorable and likable character. Zoe Bell's final confrontation with the serial killer bully is fun to watch and redeems "Death Proof."

On the big screen, the drawback to "Death Proof" was Tarantino's reliance on dull dialog scenes. The dialog from "Death Proof" relied too heavily on Hollywood insider information to fully appreciate some of the inside jokes.

Yet the darker shades of Stuntman Mike are revealed and the character is much creepier on the small screen. The comeuppance at the end of "Death Proof" has a bigger payoff on the little screen.

While the DVD of this "Grindhouse" feature does improve Tarantino's vision, his fan base is not happy. An online petition has been created to protest the splitting of "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof" from the Grindhouse. The link to the petition can be found here -
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