Tarantino's half of "Grindhouse" is entertaining, but very gritty. Mature teens and up!
"Death Proof" is a Grindhouse movie by Quentin Tarantino released in 2007.
In 2007, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released the double feature "Grindhouse" in American theatres. Two full-length feature films at the price of one, recreating the look of old exploitation films. Due to it failing at the box office, since many people did not get the idea of what a grindhouse movie is, the movies were released seperately elsewhere in the worl and on DVD, in extended cuts.
"Death Proof" is Tarantino's half of Grindhouse.
With much respect and much praise for its other works, this IS the weaker half. But that may be just because of the fact that this movie is not what you'd expect from an exploitation movie. The movie has Tarantino written all over it, featuring his typical, witty dialogues and refreshing characters and style. And for fans of Tarantino, it is very entertaining and recognizable. But it isn't quite what a grindhouse movie is. Even though having the typical rough look and a rather silly plot, it tries much to much to be artful.
What you get is a good Tarantino movie on the one hand, but on the other hand, a so-so exploitation flick. Still, the movie is no waste of time, having an excellent screenplay filled with superb dialogues and recognizable scenes. It is not his best, though.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
"Death Proof" overall is meant to be an exploitation flick, and as such is very rough and gritty. There is one splatter scene, which is really gory:
A man and a woman sit in a car when suddenly the man makes the car bump so hard that the woman is hit against the windshield. He does this repeatedly until she all covered in blood and finally dies. Right after this scene, he crashes into a car filled with young women. We see the impact detailed and from various instances: one woman gets thrown out of the car.
Another woman gets bumped around and is hit by glass shards flying around. Another woman's leg is severed and falls onto the road (bloody). Another woman's face is run over by a moving weel, causing it become extremely bloody (brief).
Overall, this is the only graphic scene, but it is VERY graphic. It is also rather disturbing, because the killer is a psychopath that kills woman for fun.
Later in the movie, a group of women takes revenge on him and beat him up violently. He gets shot in the arm before this happens. Everything after this scene is rather tame compared to this sequence.
The language is very strong, featuring 89 uses of the f-word, some uses of the n-word in a non-racist context, as well as some milder profanity.
The first crowd of women smokes marijuana. It is not depicted negatively.
A woman gives a lapdance to a man in an extended scene (this scene is not present in the "Grindhouse" double feature, only in the seperate version). Even though lasting for about 3 minutes, nothing too strong is seen. It is meant to be very sexy, but not actually sexual.
Due to its occasional gory and rough images, it should not be watched by younger viewers, only by mature teens and up.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking