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Kill Bill Vol 2

Kill Bill Vol 2

Quentin Tarantino (2004)

131min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Long-winded, overly self-indulgent and talky, director Quentin Tarantino's bloated wrap-up of his bloody revenge saga is something of an anticlimax. Detailing how the Bride (Uma Thurman) tracks down Deadly Viper assassins Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), before facing Bill (David Carradine) and an unexpected "adversary", it's the same mix as before except less visually dynamic and with a lot more unnecessary exposition. Yet the borrowed style (chiefly from Sergio Leone), music (from Ennio Morricone's spaghetti westerns), characters (kung fu master Pai Mei from the Shaw Brothers' movies), props (Carradine dusts off the instrument he played in The Silent Flute), and all the usual obscure genre references still make this compressed exploitation-cinema history lesson into a buff treat. The martial arts action may pack a less gory punch than Vol 1, but there's still plenty here to shock. One single condensed movie would doubtless have sufficed, but then we wouldn't have had the earlier gem to this minor companion piece.

Summary

Hitwoman the Bride continues her relentless quest to exact revenge on the group responsible for trying to kill her. Two more of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad stand in her way before she can face-off against her mysterious mentor Bill. However, she has yet to realise that he has one last surprise waiting for her. Thriller sequel, starring Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen.

Cast & Crew

The Bride Uma Thurman
Bill David Carradine
Elle Driver Daryl Hannah
Budd Michael Madsen
Pai Mei Gordon Liu
Esteban Vihaio Michael Parks
Rufus Samuel L Jackson
Rev Harmony Bo Svenson
Mrs Harmony Jeannie Epper
Tommy Plympton Chris Nelson
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: English, Japanese, Mandarin +subtitles Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 23 Apr 2004

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