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QT at his best
Kill Bill (Volume 1) (2003)
Starring: Uma Thurman
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s 4th blood fest (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms). Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) was a former assassin betrayed by her own boss, Bill (David Carradine). During her own wedding, she survives a bullet in the head and upon coming out of a coma, vowed to do something – to Kill Bill. It’s a movie about revenge.

Kill Bill Volume 1’s music and dance-like movements play vital roles, just like any Tarantino flick. The script is as QT as can be, but less flowery. The characters are well defined and introduced from the point of view of the bride, Thurman.

Uma Thurman is not your garden variety assassin as her fight scenes are almost always from a distant vantage point (vs. Lucy Liu, Darryl Hannah and Viveca Fox). No close-ups. And death to most of her victims were split second fights with no “Crouching Tiger” type of skirmishes. Very un-Tarantino. What is a QT formula here is the volume of blood spent, rather, the volume that was sprayed like your New Year’s “supot” fountain.

Volume 2 is not going to be as anticipated by the reviewer. I’d skip it and move on to the next QT project. What a waste of time.