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Rewind Review - Death Proof

Rewind Review - Death Proof

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Published by Bill Bonfanti
A review of Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film, Death Proof, from FilmGo.net.
A review of Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film, Death Proof, from FilmGo.net.

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Published by: Bill Bonfanti on Oct 12, 2009
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REWIND REVIEW – 2007 – DEATH PROOF
2 out of 10
Let me begin by saying that I love Quentin Tarantino. He is one of my all timefavorite filmmakers. In fact,
True Romance
(written by him) is my favorite movieof all time so I don’t take this review lightly and in no means am I just trying to tearhim apart. That being said,
Death Proof 
is the worst piece of trash movie that I’veever seen. It is absolute rubbish and if I could have a procedure done to erase itfrom my mind, I would do it, no matter what the side effects were. It’s that bad.Given I’ve seen plenty of bad movies in my day, but the fact that this was made byone of the greatest filmmakers of all time, makes it that much worse.Let me warn those of you that haven’t seen this movie and don’t want it spoiled (if that’s even possible), this is a rewind review and plot points will be revealed. You’ve been warned.As soon as I heard about Robert Rodriguez and Tarantino’s idea to make a doublefeature homage to “Grindhouse” B-movies from the 70’s I had a bad feeling.However, I figured it would have to be good simply because Quentin has never letme down before. As the release date neared and trailers started popping up, Idecided my initial feeling was probably correct and I avoided watching
DeathProof 
so as not to destroy my love for all things Tarantino. Flash forward two yearsto 2009. After watching the masterful,
Inglorious Basterds
(read my reviewhere),my curiosity finally got to me. How could I, being such a big fan of his work, neverwatch
Death Proof 
? It seemed absurd. It’s Quentin Tarantino! Even if it’s a bad Tarantino flick, it had to be better than half the movies out there. I couldn’t havebeen more wrong. This movie is so bad it’s as if Quentin decided to make it thisbad by choice. I don’t know if that makes it better or worse. On one hand, if he setout to make a terrible movie, then I have to congratulate him for a job well done.On the other hand, if he did this on purpose, it pisses me off to no end. How couldhe disrespect his fans like that? My guess is that Quentin probably didn’t set out tomake a terrible movie and that sometimes these things happen. Nonetheless, I’mstill dumbfounded that this genius filmmaker could make something so atrocious. The first 20 minutes is an exercise in torture as we are introduced to 3 trashygirlfriends (Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Poitier and Jordan Ladd) who do nothing but talkand talk and talk about nothing. Where’s Quentin’s usually snappy pitter patter?It’s certainly not here. The lines are terrible; filled with expletive upon expletivethat have no reason to be there other than to highlight how unclassy these girls are. They talk about sex, drugs, alcohol and not much else, although they do switchgears at times to make fun of other characters. Some plot points do come out of this minutiae, one of the girls named Butterfly (Ferlito) needs to get laid. She’s agood girl in comparison to her slutty friends but she’s still naughty enough toperform a sultry lap dance for Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) though. That’s pretty

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