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Pulp Fiction

by

Roger Davidson

Pulp Fiction
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The best film made in 1994, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a series of strange incidents that happen to a rather sleazy group of people in L.A. The film revolves around three major stories. The first one is about a dimwitted hit-man, named Vincent (John Travolta, in his comeback performance), who has to take his boss' wife out on the town. She's a complete cocaine fiend, who is a bit too wild for Vincent's slow-motion heroin world. Not so coincidentally, things go wrong. Big time!

The second story deals with a boxer (Bruce Willis), who is on the run from Vincent's boss, Marcellus (Ving Rhames), after he throws a fight that he was supposed to lose for Rhames. However, even with hit-men around every corner, he still goes back to his apartment to get his most prized possession, his father's gold watch. It is this watch which leads into a deadly confrontation with Rhames and two sadist rednecks.

The third and final tale is a continuation of the opening scene. Vincent and his partner Jules (A stunning performance by Samuel L. Jackson) accidently kill a guy they had in their car. The situation escalates into a major crisis, when they bring the body to Jackson's other partner (director Tarantino). His partner's wife is coming home any minute. So they call in a pro (Harvey Keitel) to help dispose of the body. After all this, the segment continues in a confrontation between the two hit-men and two young lovers (Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth) robbing the very restaurant they're eating in.

It would be a crime if I told you how all of these stories end. However, I will tell you that each of the characters (Willis, Travolta, Jackson, etc.) are forced into situations which cause them to make redemption for all the cruel things that have happened in their live. The acting is exceptional, with kudos going to Jackson, as the philosophical Jules; Thurman, as the party crazed gun moll; Willis as the boxer; even Tarantino, in the small role as Jimmy, a guy who isn't too happy about his partner bringing a dead body to his house.

Though this was robbed of six of the seven Oscars it was nominated for, it won a deserved trophy for Tarantino's screenplay. Pulp Fiction has been called, by many people, one of the best black comedies of all time, right up there with Dr. Strangelove. Here is a film that will live in your memory, long after you've finished watching it.

My Rating = Four Stars


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