Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 17 min
Where Kill Bill: Volume 1 was a brash, fun, uber-violent, pop-culture ladened play session for Quentin Tarantino, Volume 2 aims to slow things down a bit, and provide some much-needed depth to this tale of revenge. Gone is the huge body count, and in its place, we’re treated to a great story of betrayal and violence within the ranks of globe-trotting assassins for hire.
In the second installment, we learn why The Bride (Uma Thurman) tried to escape from Bill (David Carradine), and why Bill hunted her down. As we travel with The Bride on her adventures we get to learn more about her relationship with Bill, and where she received her martial arts training. The Bride is still on her quest for vengeance, but this time around instead of long drawn out flashy fight sequences, the action in volume 2 comes in short loud bangs.
This is not to say I liked one volume over the other because to be honest they are different kinds of films, and they both can be enjoyed for what they are. If anything, the slower pace of the second installment is a welcome break from all the mayhem, and actually feels more mature. The pop-culture references are toned down, and the film aims to pack a bigger emotional punch through Quentin Tarantino’s superb dialog.
As with the first installment, Uma Thurman’s performance shines, and it was nice to see David Carradine in front of the camera in the second film. This movie also gives Michael Madsen and Daryl Hannah some very welcome screen time.
If you’re expecting more of the same with volume 2 you will be disappointed. The body count is a lot lower in the second film, and there are less martial arts sequences. This film is slower than the first, but provides more depth. Less cool, yet more mature.
Kill Bill: Volume 2 is reasonably well shot so a HD viewing at home is recommended.
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