Kill Bill Vol. 1

Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Rating: A

The Bride survives a slaughter on her wedding day and seeks vengeance on the team of assassins who tried to kill her.

In this violent tale of revenge, The Bride (Thurman) wakes up from a four-year coma to discover a hole in her head and an empty womb. She goes on a path to kill members of a team she was once a part of, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.

In this first volume, she crosses off two names: O-Ren Ishii (Liu) and Vernita Green (Fox). Director Tarantino must love the way blood splatters because this is one gory film. The beginning of the movie captures the audience’s attention with an intense fight scene before revealing the why of the film.

Why is this crazy blonde lady out for blood? While her character is sympathetic, her past isn’t shared. What her traits do reveal is a persistent, determined woman. Maybe if we saw her past, like we did for Ishii, we wouldn’t like who she was. Ishii is a character someone could root for, because her actions seem justified.

Which leads to a brief tribute on the direction of the filmmaking. There was some really cool moments in Kill Bill Vol. 1 like the use of a color and sound when signalling a flashback was happening. When the past is brought up, the camera is zoomed in on the character’s eyes while the screen goes red and a high-alert alarm goes off. Another example was the use of animation to show Ishii’s past. Perhaps using a child for some scenes would have been unethical, but the result of the animation payed off.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 exceeded my expectations. The fight scenes were a little too violent, but it was cool to see how one woman could take on some many assassins after being in a coma for four years. The storyline was interesting and now I’m ready to watch Vol. 2.


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