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Bound's more titillating elements attracted attention, but it's the stylish direction, solid performances, and entertaining neo-noir caper plot that make it worth a watch. Read critic reviews

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Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of a violent gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), while Corky is fresh out of prison and doing renovations on the apartment next door. As the two women launch into a passionate love affair, they assemble an intricate plan for Violet to escape from Caesar, with two million dollars of the mob's money -- but the important part is to make it out alive.

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  • May 27, 2021
    Savvy, stylish, and sexy.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2012
    Awesome and rad would best words to describe the story of the film. With memorable scenes of twisted murder, Bound shows how the Wachowski brothers don't need millions of dollars to deliver a fantastic story.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    It has been said many a time that there is nothing new under the sun. Surely, as we race through the 21st century, this axiom may well hold a modicum of truth, especially where the arts are concerned. There is no great impressionist movement, or realist movement, and in the case of film... the major impact films seem to all be swiped from comic books (and even then we are offered reboots of other comic book films). So here we come back to the Wachowski Bros. first film, the 1996 pseudo noir thriller Bound, which contains a Blood Simple double dealing plot that also pays homage to earlier mob based films as well as adding a bit of dark humor for seasoning. One may argue that you've seen this film before (or parts of it), and you would not be wrong - but where Bound stands out is in the juggling of the mixed genres. The Bros. do a fine job of keeping the pacing tight, even when the script runs off the boards a bit in the final quarter - the viewer is still kept at the edge of your seat. Helping the unbelievable seem almost real are standout performances by the three main characters - and what interesting character studies they are: from Gina Gershon's macho yet somehow vulnerable lesbian act, to Joe Pantoliano's mid level mob thug who expertly ping pongs from manic to an edgy calm. He is flawed, riddled with paranoia and greed that make him near Shakespearian. These are very good performances, but it is Jennifer Tilly who really makes the film sing. Perfectly cast as Joe's girlfriend, complete with that requisite tiny voice, she portrays a woman who knows exactly where her place is in the world and offers no excuses for taking advantage of what is thrown her way. As the byzantine story unfolds her strength of character shows in spades and gives the film an extra level to enjoy. The film has some beautiful lines and utilizes the close up very well, using it for impact in a non-intrusive way. The paper thin walls play an important part in the film and the Bros. do a nice job of filming - showing the walls to be a barrier to things almost but not quite within reach. A very solid 8.5 in my book.
    paul s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] This cult film demonstrates the supreme artistic talent of the Wachowski's. However not as much as The Matrix Trilogy or Speed Racer. It's just neither groundbreaking nor overwhelming, even for a neo noir genre film. The character study isn't as deep as other films in the genre, I wish I could have learnt more about the two leads. Also it's not extremely stylish and their is very little slickness as the narrative unfolds. However it succesfully reconstructs all elements of gangster flicks as it is both suspenseful and sexy. Character chemistry is shared through out, and at times the humour is very witty. Some moments with Joe Pantoliano stole the show for me, as his performance was very realistic of a small time gangster. A whole lot of it is similar to but not as, smart as early works of Quentin Tarantino. Despite this it's still an amazingly intense and gripping watch.
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