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Movie Review: Kill Bill

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Apr. 26th, 2004 | 01:35 am
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During the first Kill Bill volume, we learned that the path to revenge is not an easy one, and for a former assassin it will lead to a tough adventure throughout the world. Quentin Tarantino returns to deliver the final chapter to the Kill Bill series with the latest film, “Kill Bill Vol. 2.” Along with the original cast this film comes with a surprise at the end.
Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman), also known as the Black Mamba and The Bride, after her bloody encounter with O-Ren Ishii (Liu) is still on her quest to end the life of her former boss, Bill. Bill (David Carradine), who allegedly shot the pregnant Beatrix during her wedding rehearsal, failed to realized that Beatrix was not dead, but in a deep coma, and now, Bill realizes the weight of danger on his life as the deadly Black Mamba is still on the loose.
In order for Beatrix to make it to Bill to avenge her the death of her child, she must pass two other coworkers, Budd (Madson) and Elle (Hannah). Bill has informed both Budd and Elle of the situation regarding Beatrix, however their reaction to the news differed completely. Budd looked at the situation as his time to go. Stating that he feels Beatrix deserves her revenge as he deserves his death. Elle only wishes to make Beatrix breathe her last breath. Upon encountering both assassins, both appear to be challenging and Beatrix realizes she may not be able to make it to Bill after all. Will Beatrix be able to defeat the only two people stopping her from accessing Bill, or will she, like her unborn child meet with death instead?
Simply put into one disappointing phrase: this film lacks the violence that many people enjoyed during the first volume. After watching the extravagant scene with O-Ren Ishii and the Crazy 88 gang, one would expect to see such a scene also part of volume two, but dishearteningly, such a scene does not exist. Due to this missing component, it may create a certain unsatisfactory feeling when the film comes to its end. Furthermore the fight scenes were shorter than those shown in the first volume and lack the lively pizzazz as the first.
The film does provide the audience with more meat to the story. In this volume the audience learns more about the relationship between Beatrix and Bill; how Beatrix become a deadly assassin; and a little surprise at the end of the film. The audience also learns why Bill was out to kill Beatrix in the first film, which after watching the first one left everyone in wonderment. Finally, similar to the first volume, this film is set up in chapters, after all it is a story and with this particular story, the audience can see each chapter individually.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of extremely violent films, but after watching the first segment to the “Kill Bill” series, I enjoyed the over exaggerated play of violence from Tarantino’s work. While watching the first segment, I was hoping to see some of the similar elements in the second as well, but was surprised to see the opposite. Regardless of my disappointment, I was happy to see more of the story develop in this segment. After watching the first volume there were a lot of questions on my mind about who Bill was and what was the relationship with Bill and Beatrix because in the first one we learn that Beatrix is pregnant with Bill’s child. Finally, why was Beatrix shot?? While all of these questions are answered in the final (maybe) segment, the film ends with room for a possible third volume. I would recommend watching this final segment, but caution you for somewhat of a minute disappointment because there is more story than action in this film.

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From: sweetie348
Date: Apr. 26th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
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I loved this movie and the first as well!

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