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January 5, 2015
A very interesting filmâ¦I loved Jennifer Tilly's role! Despite all the gay/lesbian stuff it had a great script and it was well put together
December 28, 2014
Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon leave it all on the screen in this crime drama. They meet, fall in love, and plan to liberate a mafia family from $2 million. Of course, things don't always work out as planned. Well acted and scripted. A very good caper movie.
½ December 25, 2014
One of the best film debuts of all time. Read Roger Ebert's's one of his best.
November 20, 2014
Nice plot and stylish crime thriller, just felt it overrated as it's a lesbian based.
½ November 19, 2014
Underrated noir cult classic that succeeds in achieving suspense even more so than its reputation in sexual explicitly. Its a wonder how Tilly and Gershon didn't go on to do many more major starring roles after this considering how layered their roles were. Back in 1996 it was hard for newcomers at the time the Wachowski brothers to find actresses willing to do the sultry lesbian scenes initially thought as taboo back than. If Bound were to release nowadays I feel roles like that of Gershon's Corky or Tilly's Violet would launch a career into superstardom. Think what Girl with a Dragon Tattoo did for Rooney Mara or how Margot Robbie Is on the verge of stardom after the Wolf of Wall Street. Joe Patoliano's eccentric mob launderer may even go a step further as being the stand out role in the film due to its creative freedom of a mobster falling apart caught in the scam set up by Tilly and Gershon's characters. Strong support in every role contributes to the overall effect and achievement in suspence the Wachowski's haven't accomplished since. All in all Bound is a far more satisfying experience delivered from the Wachowski's than even their pinnacle success that was The Matrix. Their cinematography and use of slow motion in one of the films more tense scenes shouts their trademark use of such tricks in the Matrix where Keanu is dodging bullets. Bound delivered a shocking thrill ride coated in film noir technique that deserves far more credit than just being a film people watch to see two woman exploit themselves being more about the closets people put themselves in as result of their own decisions in life and the desperation to do anything to break free from it.
October 4, 2014
In my personal opinion, Bound is one of the most intelligent and erotic films ever made. It's not often that you see both of those words describing the same work of art.

I don't feel that the relationship between Corky and Violet is something that you should have to "get past" being that the tone of the film is that of escape (hence the title "Bound") and the very nature of their relationship upholds that idea. However if you are less open-minded regarding your own sexuality or completely homophobic, the scattered and brief exchanges between the two leading characters may not settle well with you. One of the best things about the film is the cinematic detail, all the little disturbing and intriguing things that the Wachowskis chose to hone in on...If you are a fan of The Matrix films, you'll really get to see where it all started with Bound.

I could rattle on forever about the pure genius of the film and that of the Wachowski Brothers but I won't. Just see the film for yourself, you'll either hate it or love it.
September 26, 2014
The plot and the execution are very smart and engaging but the two main characters are not very interesting and their relationship is very forced
September 16, 2014
Excellent film which was much better than I was expecting after a rather tacky start. It just seemed to get better as the film went on.
September 11, 2014
Before going on to shape the landscape of cinema with sophomore feature The Matrix (1999), the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry (now Lana), served up this impressive subversive noir debut - an ultra stylish affair that plays out like a classic 50's thriller, but with a fun tweak in genders.

Corky (Gina Gershon) is a hardened female ex-con with a pout, tattoos and a wry smile that immediately piques the interest of the glamorous Betty Boop-looking Violet (Jennifer Tilly). While Corky is working in an adjacent apartment, the film takes on an early erotic thriller/soft porn vibe as Violet gets her round to help with the plumbing - cue close-ups of hands engaged in manual labour and flexing biceps. The two women fall into bed and into an illicit affair that sees them hatch a plan to rip off $2 million from Violet's mobster husband Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) - but, as the opening flash-forward of Corky gagged and bound on the apartment floor tells us, not everything goes to plan.

As the name suggests Bound is a tight, claustrophobic experience that is predominantly set inside the corridors and bedrooms of the apartment block. While this restraint is probably more on account of the budget, it keeps the narrative sharply focused and forces the climax into the film's woozy, intense highlight. Largely owed to a glorious script of pithy exchanges, callbacks and clichs all of its parts click seamlessly into place as the Wachowskis are able to find a thriller of violence and invention at the first time of asking.

Aside from the two strong - if stagey - lead performances, it arguably offers Pantoliano the best film role of his career. An actor who is many people's favourite screen villain as Ralph Cifaretto in The Sopranos, Bound gives him the opportunity to demolish every scene he's in with vitriol and weasly squirming. Playing a key role in the pulse-racing denouement it's the two women who take the headlines, but playing against the hateful Caesar is what gives their journey the required bite.

Stripped of much colour, nearly everything is reduced to a palette of black, white and grey - aside from the ubiquitous woman in red and other flashes of red and green that sporadically lift the frame. To compensate for the minimal use of location and colour the Wachowskis turn to cinematographer Bill Pope to spark the picture to life with a catalogue of inventive angles, camera moves and transitions. The frame is treated with such playfulness and refinement that Bound is able to assume the demeanour of a higher budget affair. Extreme shadows are cast and husky dialogue is spoken, and it is able simultaneously to pay homage to the tone of a pulpy noir, yet retain its own fresh identity. Even now, 18 years later, it still has a daring edge to it and only the suits and haircuts have aged poorly.

If you look hard enough, there's some neat foreshadowing of the brothers' future exploits (bullet time, colour palette, wallpaper) but Bound is a rollicking little debut that deserves attention in its own right. We don't get many films from them, but as last year's Cloud Atlas showed they are nothing if not wildly adventurous and unafraid of playing with genre conformity. Here's where it all began.
½ September 6, 2014
Interesting take on film-noir.
½ September 4, 2014
Some make it big though it does not intend to.
August 13, 2014
It has the best lesbo scene ever shot, and it's loaded with excitement all the way.
August 9, 2014
A stylish update of film noir that pretty mush stays in the one setting. The two central characters are great, the sex scenes are steamy, and Joey Pants is outstanding as the mark who just doesn't know when to give up
½ August 8, 2014
An extremely well made alternative mobster flick with twists and turns and a surprising ending.
½ July 25, 2014
Sensuous , stylized and nicely delivered , Wachowski Brothers delivers a nice , gritty plot that ultimately does not go the long way as it stumbled towards the end delivering an anti-climax in its ultimate sequences
June 1, 2014
Every1 luvs.....BOUND!!!
March 28, 2014
sorry, i thought this movie was horrible and cliche.
March 17, 2014
one of my all time favorites
½ February 2, 2014
Bound is smart, sexy, funny. a really wonderful debut for The Wachowskis.
January 26, 2014
Jennifer tilly is femme power personified !
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