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Death Proof


Jeff Nelson

Death Proof is worth a watch for those looking for a decent throwback.

Death Proof
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When people think of a Grindhouse film, an Academy Award nominee isn't kept in mind. Instead, it's a category of filmmaking that has a specific audience that it's targeted towards. Grindhouse films used to be shown in theaters back-to-back, but that no longer happens. Death Proof and Planet Terror attempted to change that by being released back-to-back in theaters just like they used to. However, they're not films that many mainstream viewers will enjoy.

Two separate groups of women are stalked at different times by a psychotic stuntman who uses his "death proof" car to execute his murderous plans. It's an interesting concept that had potential to be more than it turned out to be. The dialogue is well-written, but there are quite a few times that the story definitely drags. However, it's all worth it when it gets to the final 20 minutes or so. The gorehounds will be disappointed in this film as it focuses heavily on characters and not very much on the violence. Out of the two Grindhouse films, this is the one I was most looking forward to. This movie should have moved along much quicker, but the entire film only has two large stunt scenes involving the "death proof" car.

Just from looking at the cast list, it's easy to say who gives the best performance. Kurt Russell is decent as the maniac in the death proof car and is completely convincing in his role. The acting all around is surprisingly decent. There isn't anything ground-breaking in the acting department, but it's definitely better than one would expect from a film such as this.

Even though the film was released in 2007, the film tries to take on the appearance of an older film. It does so by having the film scratchy and full of cigarette burns and such. It successfully makes you feel as though you're watching a film made quite a few years ago. In the final 20 minutes or so, an awesome car chase takes place. The stunts and visuals during this scene are great. It would have been nice to have more of these scenes spread throughout the film.

Nearly everything I have said about this film is positive. Don't be fooled, this film most certainly has its flaws. Death Proof isn't something I recommend people to rush out to view, but there are most definitely mixed opinions given on this film. Death Proof is worth a watch for those looking for a decent throwback.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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