Movie Review – Grindhouse: Death Proof – Simple Fun!

Grindhouse: Death Proof

Master director Quentin Tarantino indulges his inner fanboy by paying homage to his favorite B-movies in DEATH PROOF. Stuntman Mike stalks beautiful women with his deadly vintage car, but when he picks a trio of tough girls (Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, and Zoe Bell), he learns they arenÂ’t such easy prey. As with any Tarantino film, there are plenty of nods to pop culture.

This is a movie I’ve been meaning to watch for quite a while, it’s part of a double bill ‘Grindhouse’ with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez – the RR being Planet Terror (I haven’t watched that one yet).

They are supposed to be oldskool exploitation movies from the 70’s – those that come on late at night with guns, hot chicks and lots of car crashes. They generally have no plots and are padded with dialogue to extend the meager budget.

Death Proof is no different! It’s pretty much nailed the genre right down, but then it should with QT being the ultimate movie geek.

It has a lot of references to his previous movies (Red Apple, Big Kahuna Burger, breakfast scene from Reservoir Dogs, lots of references to Kill Bill and more!).

There isn’t much of a plot to speak of but there is loads of lightning dialogue from start to finish, very Tarantino dialogue.

This is not a movie destined to be a box office hit, it’s a movie QT wanted to make himself, it’s not guided by a studio or by commercial success – this is a movie fan movie – a movie for film geeks.

Personally I loved it, the hot chicks, the awesome car chase, the obscure references and the witty lines delivered with sass.

It had some characteristically bad ass female leads too, watch the tables turn in the second half of the movie.

I give it an ass whooping 7.5/10.




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5 Responses to Movie Review – Grindhouse: Death Proof – Simple Fun!

  1. ANNA May 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    planet terror was better, go watch it now!

  2. Joel What May 8, 2008 at 1:01 am #

    Death Proof is the best film I have ever seen! I think it will be a classic 🙂

  3. ..the Other Ted May 9, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    dewd, I dig ‘Death Proof’ very well…. Loadsa ‘Ultra Violence’ ala ‘A ClockWork Orange’ but then again ‘A Clockwork Orange’ got some sort of messages in it yet ‘Death Proof’ is plain pure fun *grins*

  4. Eric May 12, 2008 at 2:53 am #

    All hail the master of stylized violence Tarantino. Death Proof is truly awesome. It’s not always you get to see chick kick ass.. and that’s not just any chick.. that’s Zoe Bell!

  5. ShaolinTiger May 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    ANNA: Looking for the DVD now 🙂

    Joel What: Yeah I think so too, it’s an easy and entertaining watch.

    ..the Other Ted: Yeah it’s not so complex as Clockwork Orange…simple straight forward fun.

    Eric: Yeah Zoe Bell – she was freaking AWESOME!

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