109 mins, Not Rated, Widescreen (1.85:1), THX, Director/Star Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailers, Languages: English (DD 5.1), French (DD 2.0), Subtitles: English, Spanish
Directors: Andy and Larry Wachowski
Producers: Andy and Larry Wachowski, Stuart Boros, Andrew Lazar
Writers: Andy and Larry Wachowski
Features: 109 mins, Not Rated, Widescreen (1.85:1), THX, Director/Star Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailers, Languages: English (DD 5.1), French (DD 2.0), Subtitles: English, Spanish
Violet - Jennifer Tilly
Corky - Gina Gershon
Caesar - Joe Pantoliano
Bound is a movie that I think pretty much everyone should see. For those who enjoy a well-written, suspenseful crime drama, this movie is a good choice. For anybody who is more interestd in astonishing visuals that you want to watch over and over again, this is unquestionably the movie you want. If you have more simple tastes, there are quite a few amusing jokes, some really good acting (Pantoliano is particularly impressive), and even a lesbian sex scene... The list goes on and on. No matter what your reason, though, it's a really good movie.
For me, the best part about it is the visuals -- the brothers Wachowski have accompilished a great deal on what is probably not a huge budget. The movie has a great Noir sort of feal, and the directors went to great lengths to make every shot in the movie interesting and very pleasing to the eye. Great use of slow-motion and interesting camera effects abound.
As I said, though, there is more here than a technical marvel. The writing (also the work of Larry and Andy Wachowski) is first rate -- the story, though not the most original ever, has some variations on the norm, and there's a good blend of humor and drama. I don't really want to give away anything about the plot, so I'm going to keep my mouth shut. Basically, though, it's a mob/crime kind of a thing -- sort of.
It's worth saying that, though there are good performances all around, the Wachowskis and the cinematographer, Bill Pope (he has also worked on "Zero Effect" which I will review sometime as well as "Clueless", "Fire in the Sky", and "Army of Darkness"), are the clear stars of this production. There are way too many things I love about this film for me to list them all, and most of them would just be "this part's awesome" or somesuch, and that wouldn't be much help to anybody. Now, even if the movie doesn't sound that good (I didn't think so when other people told me about it), please do yourself a favor and try it out. Also, don't let a dislike for one or all of the stars stop you from seeing it -- I most definitely was not a fan of Tilly prior to this film, nor did I have any particular love for any of the other stars. This movie changed that.
Not seeing this film would have been one of the worst mistakes of my life. It is a well-conceived and very well-executed movie. The directors have a unique vision that I think make this movie one of the better ones I have ever seen. Go rent or purchase it -- there is even a really good commentary track. Oh, and definitely email me with your comments.
With that said, I have no qualms about pushing their next movie, "The Matrix", which is being released tomorrow (Wednesday March 31, 1999). Many of you may know it as 'Why do they still cast Keanu?' or 'Who is that black guy?'. Others of you may know it as 'Jesus! Come look at this!' or 'Did you see that guy jump off the building?!'... For you doubters, I strongly urge you to overlook Ted Theodore Logan and see the movie anyway. I'm going to see it tomorrow afternoon, and I assure you I'll post a review as soon as possible. Until then, feel free to go look at its site: What is the Matrix?