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(2003), R -- ...with what I suspect is X-rated perversion.
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, Quentin Tarantino, E. Bennett Walsh, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Richardson
Music: RZA, Luis Enríquez Bacalov, Charles Bernstein, Bernard Herrmann, Al Hirt, Tomoyasu Hotei, Quincy Jones
Film Editing: Sally Menke
Casting: Johanna Ray
Production Design: Yohei Taneda, David Wasco
Art Direction: Daniel Bradford
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I really don't want to take too much time to work up a Summary/Commentary of typical depth for this slice-n-dice bloodfest. It was bloody. It was boring. And if the high-wattage name of Quentin Tarantino was to make this flick an artistic masterpiece, it failed.
In the opening, two women duke it out. Both are members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, or DIVAS masterminded by Bill (David Carradine). Both women end up bloody. One (the mother), ends up dead. In front of her daughter. Following that is mass-murder of a wedding party. All shot in the head and all dead ... except one, the bride-to-be, or "Black Mamba" (Ulma Thurman). After four years in a coma, Black Mamba seeks revenge on the perpetrator of the heinous crime -- Bill.
Mamba went to Tokyo to get some Japanese steel in the form of a sword made by a special craftsman with special skills and special knowledge and other special things that enable him to make a sword that cuts through every other sword made. Along the way, Mamba kills all but one of 88 Japanese members of an organized crime unit headed by O-Ren Ishi, a.k.a. Cottonmouth (Lucy Liu). And Mamba kills Cottonmouth, too. I would not have ever thought a "Charlie's Angel" would ever get involved in this sort of genre. The only one Mamba did not kill was a child. Mamba spanked him with her sword and told him to go home to his mama. An accurate body count was not possible. About the only thing that can be said for this film is for the quite dynamic physical agility and prowess demonstrated in martial arts combat.
If you go to see this film, foul language will blast your ear pans at about 29 per hour [Prov. 8:13] and God's name in vain about 6 per hour [Deut 5:11]. You'll see a hospital attendant sell sex with a comatose woman (Mamba) with what I suspect is X-rated perversion. Shades of Sodom and Gomorrah! [Jude 7] You'll also see heads falling like snowflakes, limbs flying like sparrows and blood spurting like a firehose. And the R rating did not keep the kids out. I am glad I waited until after seven hours of sleep to see this film else I most assuredly would have fallen asleep in the middle of it.
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Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell the "story." By the way, Bill doesn't get killed until February next year.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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.|