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(2004), R -- ... surviving a fatal head wound?
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Miramax Films, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Quentin Tarantino
Producer(s): Lawrence Bender, Koko Maeda, Kwame Parker, Quentin Tarantino
Written by/Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Richardson
Music: RZA, Robert Rodriguez
Film Editing: Sally Menke
Casting: Koko Maeda, Johanna Ray
Production Design: Yohei Taneda, David Wasco
Art Direction: Daniel Bradford
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Kill Bill: Vol 2, fifth film of Quentin Tarantino, is revenge with an attitude. The Punisher, also now playing is also revenge with an attitude. The attitude? "It ain't good enough, no matter what 'it' is until I get mine my way." The attitude so many of our youth seem to admire in and emulate from performers. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and The Punisher. Playing side by side. What a bomb looking for someone to explode!
Tarantino starts Volume 2 by treating the viewer to a refresher of Volume 1. From Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was DIVAS (Deadly [International?] Viper Assassination Squad), one of Bill's (David Carradine) brainchildren. DIVAS was led by Beautrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman), a.k.a. the Bride, a.k.a Black Mamba. In the refresher we are also treated to a replay of the massacre of a wedding rehearsal party for which Kiddo was the Bride at Two Pines, El Paso, Texas, also known as the El Paso, Texas Chapel massacre. In Volume 2, we see Bill is the one to mastermind the massacre and the blowing a hole in Kiddo's head ... a wound that does not kill her but puts her into a coma for a long time. This tale is the continuation of the tale of Kiddo seeking revenge on Bill. A normally fatal head injury that does not kill the victim? Where else have we heard about surviving a fatal head wound?
If any of you remember the old phonograph, recall its three speeds: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. Volume 1 was 45 RPM. Volume 2 was 33 1/3. Much slower. Much less action. Much more time given to character and plot building. Maybe too much more time. One hundred and twenty six minutes.
In that 126 minutes Kiddo kills and names a number of people. Among them was Budd (Michael Madsen), Bill's brother. Once proficient with a sword now a bar bouncer, Budd tries to kill Kiddo by a "Texas Funeral", meaning buried alive, Kiddo succeeds in wasting Budd. After Budd tries to kill Kiddo, Ellie Driver (Daryl Hannah) tries to kill Kiddo but fails. However, Kiddo does not fail to cause severe cost to Driver. Hannah gives a performance after Kiddo rips out Driver's last eyeball reminiscent of Hannah's performances as Pris in Blade Runner of 1982 with Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. And, of course, Kiddo kills Bill. With two fingers. A technique she learned from master Pai Mei (Chia Hui Liu). Pai Mei, introduced as a solitary character as any Asian martial arts master would be introduced, combined Western arrogance with Asian confidence and humility. DIVAS were trained by Pai Mei. Why Driver had to poison him I do not remember if I ever knew.
There is much more to this two-hour story that can be reasonably summarized. Though it is hard for me to understand why anyone would want to, good way to help you decide whether you want to watch this truly R-rated film, if you have seen Volume 1, is to compare the CAP thermometers of the two movies. Though this feature was intended for use with movies much less ignoble content, it works with them as well. The comparative is provided below. The thermometers for Volume 2 show the effect of the somewhat lighter and fewer attacks on ethics and morality than in Volume 1, most notably in Murder/Suicide:
Let the listing in the Finings/Scoring section tell all that was noted.
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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