AndyFerguson's Rating of Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

Andy's Review of Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Ro...(2007)

[center][font=Garamond][size=6]PLANET TERROR[/size][/font][/center]
[center]director: Robert Rodriguez[/center]
[center]R, 90 minutes, Dimension [/center]

[center]Okay, so I'm only five months behind on my thoughts about the Rodriguez/Tarantino double-feature experiment, [i]Grindhouse[/i], which is something I am most ashamed of doing and am glad to finally be discussing it. I think the only way that the project can be reviewed is in two separate reviews for each respectable director's own additions to the grand scheme of things, and one must start with part one of the [i]Grindhouse[/i], which would be Robert Rodriguez's walking dead infestation trip, [i]Planet Terror[/i]. [/center]

[center]Both Rodriguez and Tarantino do right by getting their point so straight-forwardly across from the git-go that it does everything but smack you in the face with it. With Rodriguez's film, he is doing nothing more than giving us a gore-filled piece of entertainment. He certainly cannot be worried aout adding anything fresh or new to the zombie genre, because if he is, there is nothing to find here and [i]Planet Terror [/i]could be seen as a failure. Looking at it that way will be trouble for any viewer who chooses to do so, but I'm sure most who watch the film will not have this problem and will easily find themselves entertained, because it is a piece of pure, vile entertainment. Freddy Rodriguez and Rose McGowan head the cast of people running and shooting and dismembering, and they do one hell of a dynamite job. But the main reason that this film does enough to never get boring - other than the endless blood and guts flying everywhere - is the storyline involving Marley Shelton and Josh Brolin. Rodriguez used Ms. Shelton for the opening seconds of [i]Sin City [/i]a couple years back, and he does the right thing by casting her in a bigger, more important role here where she excels into the best thing about the entire movie. Brolin also gives a nice, unexpected turn as her significant other who just so happens to be a psychotic surgeon. [/center]

[center]All in all, [i]Planet Terror [/i]succeeds in becoming the "hold nothing back" opening film of the double-billed [i]Grindhouse[/i], setting us up and easing us into a second feature that will hold enough new ideas and takes on a classic genre for ten films combined. It's all one big playground for Rodriguez, and while his time on the slides, monkey bars, and merry-go-round lasts, it is fun. [/center]