Death Proof (2007)
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In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Though the maniacal driver himself always comes out relatively unscathed, the same certainly can't be said for the poor young lass in his passenger seat -- or anyone unfortunate enough to be on the road when the urge to kill strikes for that matter. With a list of potential road-kill candidates that includes Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that's as sexy as it is shocking. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
- R (for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use)
- Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
- Directed By:
- Robert Rodriguez , Quentin Tarantino
- Written By:
- Quentin Tarantino
- In Theaters:
- Apr 5, 2007 Wide
- On DVD:
- Sep 17, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Death Proof
Smart attention is paid to some interesting tensions between old and new in areas as varied as pop culture, photography, effects work, automobile construction, telephony and audio recording technology.
Much of this material is terrific in purely cinematic terms; one of Tarantino's saving graces as a filmmaker is his often surprising capacity for contemplative moments and patches of plotlessness.
Although overall impact of Tarantino's homage to chick-driven actioners and auto demolition derbies remains about the same, pic's second half, in particular, benefits from the further detailing it's now received.
By the end of the film, Tarantino delivers on the action with a car chase that will get anyone's engine revving.
Death Proof doesn't simply comment on its genre inspirations - it adds to their very legacy.
As an anomaly, a curio, even as half a movie, it's a winner. As a stand-alone feature, it struggles to stand up to close scrutiny.
Freed from the constraints of the Grindhouse package, Death Proof can now spread out, find its proper rhythms, and emerge as another excellent Tarantino classic.
A comprovação de que, nas mãos de um diretor que conhece a fundo a técnica e a história do Cinema, até mesmo um exercício de estilo sem grandes ambições pode representar uma experiência apaixonante para quem ama e respeita a Sétima Arte.
Clearly the work of somebody who has ingested Carol J. Clover's Men, Women, and Chainsaws, yet it is also more
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Death Proof is superbly made. There's a terrible tension watching these beautiful and spirited young women getting too close to the flame, followed by enormous relief when the mood changes in the second story.
A well-controlled buildup of expectations, suspense, and character contrast.
The problem for Tarantino in Death Proof is that the girl talk that occupies so much of the running time is anything but true to the culture 50 years ago. The setting is contempo, but the movie style is period
I've rarely seen a filmmaker, in current Hollywood at least, expose his sexual and sadistic kinks on screen with such shameless glee.
Deliberately designed to look like a low-grade B-flick from the Fifties, this slasher adventure from Quentin Tarantino is a guaranteed treat for that rare film fan nostalgic about the worst era in cinema.
While playing by the rules--scantily clad women, sudden brutality, straightforward narrative--he also gleefully subverts the genre to keep us thoroughly entertained.
Tarantino has a blast with this affectionate nod to '70s exploitation flicks, but the dialogue isn't as good as it should have been.
The dialogue with which Tarantino is usually adept is disastrously clunky, the filmmaking largely without flair and even the apeing of the smears and scratches of the schlock originals seems ridiculous.
Next to Kill Bill, this is only 50 per cent proof, but the last car chase will have you hanging on for dear life.
Audience Reviews for Death Proof
I just want to start this review by saying I sometimes really hate Tarantino. He thieves others ideas and claims them to be his own. His ego is as big as his forehead and if he went fishing he would probably cast himself. I really hate his cameos in his own films, he can't act to save his life, he can be a real Hitch cock!
I also hate the way people act in his films now. Ever since the scene in the cafe at the beginning of reservoir dogs, everyone in his films acts the same and they read out his scripts like he would, even though no one else sounds as boring and stupid as he does.
So...I was quite surprised when I watched Death Proof and found that i loved it! It had the feeling of the 70's exploitation film about it that he sought after, as much as i hate him, he knows his stuff. Death Proof turns out to be everything Jackie Brown wasn't. I liked the calm scenes in between the action, in fact, i preferred them. If the two films Vanishing point and Maniac had sex, Death proof would be their child.
I really wanted to hate this one but I have to admit, love it!
Tarantino's exercise in slasher-type thriller is almost hypnotic in its first half, but really seems to lose its touch as it goes on. Kurt Russell is great in the lead role, even if his creepy allure is lost in the films' final third. Satisfyingly thrilling and cleverly shot, 'Death Proof' may be one of Tarantino's weaker films, but it's still a terrific ride. A great ode to grindhouse cinema and italian slashers.More
Combined with Planet Terror, it makes for a cool film. I would have to say that I liked this one more (maybe my Tarantino bias) because the events in the movie could actually happen in real life. I guess i'm a sucker for realism.More
While Planet Terror absolutely wallowed in the essence of grindhouse cinema, and had much more action, Death Proof is more reverential and salutory, and captures the spirit of grindhouse much better. Dialogue consumes most of the running time (of the Grindhouse double feature and single film extended version), and while it is very reminiscent of past QT works, and has a lot going for it, it is not as great as the dialogue of works like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kurt Russell is terrific as Stuntman Mike, and both sets of girls put in decent performances as well, even though some might call them crappy. The way I see it, the film was never planned to be Oscar-worthy, so expecting that kind of thing is asinine. The 4 shot death sequence and the final half hour (extended cut) are the best parts- especially the "ship's mast" and chase sequence finale bits. As always with a Tarantino film, the retro soundtrack is unparalleled in both it's overall brilliance, and in its usage. There are lots of gems that QT picked that would make any collector of obscure retro music have an audio orgasm.
All in all, a fun, though lesser work.
Death Proof Quotes
- It's a Prada!
- I can make goddam sure he don't do it in Texas.
- Stuntman Mike:
- The alcohol is just a lubricant for the individual for the individual encounters that a bar room offers.
- Stuntman Mike:
- [catches his breath] Ohhh, ladies that was fun!
- Stuntman Mike:
- Well damn if you ain't so sweet you make salt taste just like sugar.
- Zoë Bell:
- I'm okay!
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