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Friday, September 26 12:00 AM EST

Trailer Review: Kill Bill

By Brian Briggs


Starring Uma Thurman
Lucy Liu
Director Quentin Tarantino
Official Site Link
US Opening October 10 (volume 1)
February 20 (volume 2)
Rated R
Genre Action, Comedy
Trailer Clichés Quick-cut title splash
Explosions 0
Weapons Handgun, Uma's butt, knife, samurai sword, syringe, explosive dart, machine guns, kitchen knives, frying pan, razor-ball and chain, throwing axe, kendo stick,
Voiceover No
"In a world where..."

"You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you?"

Spoilage Factor 50%
Geek Factor 15% (Dance-fighting, Tarantino)
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? No

Jackrabbit has been waiting so long for this movie. His heart palpitates and his palms sweat every time he hears the name Tarantino. Often I hear him saying, "If only Quentin were a more prolific filmmaker, then my life would be complete." I'd let him write this review, but he's already waiting in line to get tickets for this one.

Kill Bill is the fourth film by director Quentin Tarantino. Just for your information, Steven Spielberg's fourth film was 1941. Maybe this will be Tarantino's 1941 or maybe it will be The Godfather. From the looks of the trailer, I'm leaning towards Charlie's Angels 3: Dance-fighting Boogaloo.

Uma Thurman plays an elite assassin who wants to quit the business, get married, and lead a quiet life. Unfortunately, the group she works for doesn't like that idea and sends the other elite assassins to kill her. Uma survives and plots revenge against Charlie (Michael Madsen) and his Angels (Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, and Lucy Liu) who must not be that great of assassins if four of them couldn't kill an unprepared Uma at a small wedding. The titular Bill, who ordered Uma's death, will be killed last, much like Baal. Now that might be a better movie, Kill Baal.

Hanging Around
Hanging Around

Sidetrack: Lucy Liu as you all know attended the University of Michigan at the same time I was there. I won't get into any details about a certain frat party and what happened there (because said details would reveal that I never met Lucy Liu at a frat party, or even knew she went to U of M until very recently, but a boy can dream can't he?)

There is a lot to like in the trailer: the music, the humor, and the look. Once again, however, we're subjected to oodles of "dance-fighting" the choreographed martial arts that seems to appear in every action movie. (They at least give Uma a tight yellow outfit instead of the standard black. This can work for a two-minute trailer, but it's not going to fly for three hours.) Maybe that's why this three-hour film has been broken into two parts. It couldn't be that the studio wants to milk more money out of moviegoers. Naw, couldn't be.

Charlie and his Angels
Charlie and the Angels

Vivica and Uma have a great knife fight, but have to stop when Viv's daughter returns home from school. That's pretty funny. But, don't ask questions like: If Uma really wants all these people dead then why does she explain to them that she's going to kill them AND only bring a knife to do the job? Does Uma kill Viv in front of her daughter leaving the daughter motherless? Does she kill both of them?

Conclusion on Trailer: Worth watching for the music, Lucy, and humor.

Conclusion on Movie: If the theater charges half price for the ticket then I'd go see it, otherwise I don't want to take a chance on another fight-dancing flick, Tarantino or not. Wait for the DVD.

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