Death Proof (2007) Movie Review

Death Proof (2007)

2007 | Thriller, Action
114 minutes /

User Score: 85/100


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Death Proof Review

Synopsis:

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Death Proof (2007) is an American action-exploitation thriller horror movie that pays homage to slasher, exploitation and muscle car films from the 1970s. Writer and director by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)) did an extraordinary job executing this movie. The film was shot in Texas Chili Parlor, 1409 Lavaca St, Austin, Texas, USA, and Buellton, California, USA. Death Proof contains bad language, strong graphic violence, gore, sexual content, frightening images, drug use, sexual language and a thrill ride.

Arlene and Shanna (Jordan Ladd - Cabin Fever (2002), Grindhouse (2007), Hostel: Part II (2007)) set out to have an adventurous night celebrating their friend, radio DJ Jungle Julia’s birthday. The girls met a few friends (Pam, Lanna) at a bar where Pam (Rose McGowan - Charmed (1998), Planet Terror (2007)) decides to leave with a guy (Mike) who she met at the bar. Arlene thought she saw Mike’s (Kurt Russell - The Hateful Eight (2015), The Thing (1982), Stargate (1994)) car earlier on the road but he persuades her otherwise.

Mike is a Hollywood Stuntman, who takes Pam to his stunt car and informs her that the car is death-proof for only the driver. He purposely slams on the breaks after going incredibly fast resulting in Pam’s skull to be crushed against the dashboard. What he did after Pam’s death I did not see coming. It was just horrifying because I see no reason for him to do that to the girls and to make it worse, he cannot be charged because he was sober whereas the girls were intoxicated.

The movie skips to fourteen months later where we see three females, Abernathy Ross, Kim (Tracie Thoms - The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Looper (2012)) and Lee Montgomery stopping at a gas station. Abernathy (Rosario Dawson - Sin City (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), Grindhouse (2007)) and her friends did not see Mike looking at them from his vehicle. They proceeded to their destination to the airport to pick up their friend, stuntwoman Zoe Bell (Zoe Bell - Inglourious Basterds (2009), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Grindhouse (2007), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)) from the airport. The girls encountered Mike while test driving a car and playing a silly game but their encounter with him did not turn out the way Mike planned. Will Mike get the best of the females or will the females get the best of Mike? Who will win? Will the women meet the same faith as the three ladies fourteen months ago?

Death proof was seriously entertaining making it seem that it is fun to be bad - I am flashing back to the scene with one of the girls on the hood of the car. There was way too many long dialogues in this film that was not needed and took away from my enjoyment mainly because the long conversations were boring. The pacing of the movie was off, way too slow for a car movie and I still cannot get over the first act of the film where it was mostly comprised of females in the shortest of shorts talking until stuntman, Mike shows up. Kurt Russell gave an excellent performance, and the girls did a good job as well, but Kurt was the winner. The music, special effects, camera angle, direction, cinematography, sets and editing was all done exceptionally well.


About Death Proof (2007)

Title: Death Proof
Original Title: Grindhouse Presents: Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's Thunder Bolt, Quentin Tarantino's Thunder Bolt!, Thunder Bolt
Year: 2007
Runtime: 114 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Action
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 4.2/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Starring: Kurt Russell, Eli Roth, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosario Dawson, James Parks, Gary Teague, Rose McGowan, Michael Parks, Nicky Katt, Jonathan Loughran, Marley Shelton, Jordan Ladd, Quentin Tarantino, Kelley Robins, Zoë Bell, Michael Bacall, Monica Staggs, Tracie Thoms, Eurlyne Epper, Helen Kim, Omar Doom, Tina Rodriguez, Angela Ware, Marta Mendoza, Tim Murphy, Melissa Arcaro, Vanessa Ferlito, Electra Avellan, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Elise Avellan
Writers: Quentin Tarantino
Director: Quentin Tarantino

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