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Bound [Blu-ray]

Jennifer Tilly , Gina Gershon , Andy Wachowski , Lana Wachowski    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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Destined for cult status, this provocative thriller offers a grab bag of genres (gangster movie, comedy, sexy romance, crime caper) and tops it all off with steamy passion between lesbian ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and a not-so-ditzy gun moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who meets Corky and immediately tires of her mobster boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). Desperate to break away from the Mob's influence and live happily ever after, the daring dames hatch a plot to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Their scheme runs into a series of escalating complications, until their very survival depends on split-second timing and criminal ingenuity. Simultaneously violent, funny, and suspenseful, Bound is sure to test your tolerance for bloodshed, but the film is crafted with such undeniable skill that several critics (including Roger Ebert) placed it on their top-ten lists for 1996. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant mob movie played against type. March 10 2004
By Sailoil
This is a wonderful movie, and being used to the standard offering where macho italian mobsters beat up on their dumb molls, it is a real breath of fresh air.
Jennifer Tilley oozes sexuality from the opening scene in this movie, and never stops right to the end. She plays Violet, her character, brilliantly. A mob club Vamp who is there as furniture for the boys, and they drool and fight over her, little realising her true nature.
Enter Gina Gershon, the butch ex-con called Corky, flaming obvious lesbian, replete with tattoos and leathers. Boom! Violet moves from Vamp to seductress in some of the hottest sex scenes ever filmed - gay or straight!
Having formed a sexually charged but shallow bond, the ladies embark on a plan to relieve the mob of a couple of million in blood money. Violets significant other, Caesar (played brilliantly by Joe Pantoliano) is busy in the apartment laundering the money for the mob. In a tongue in cheek parody, he actually has to launder the money, washing off the blood, haning it to dry, and ironing it.
In classic Hitchcock tradition, Violet and Corkey tell us exactly how the heist is going to go down. And of course, it all goes horrible wrong. Caesar is not as dumb as they thought, and the plot escalates into angst, madness, violence and murder with a neat Tarantino-esqe twist.
This is a great movie - Hitchcock meets Tarantino. Lots of atmosphere and suspense, but also lots of laughs, not to mention mayhem and murder. Not a movie for those who are squeamish around blood, murder, violence, lesbianism or drain clearence. But highly recommended for those who love bondage, leather, tattoos, butch lady decorators and shiny stainless steel sink traps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant suspense with twists galore Oct. 28 2005
This is a great movie, superb acting and a dynamic plot, if you want to see a "mob" movie with a twist this is the one for you.
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For warchild27: Yes, on track 18 of my DVD, Joey Pants' commentary cuts out for most of the rest of the track. From track 19 on, the commentary should be fine. However, I bought a used copy which has visible scratches. If your audio cuts out on some other track than 18, then you have a defective disk (and so do I).
Film is an actor's film, rich in suspense and nuance. Joey Pants is great as always. Tilly is odd, and Gina Gershon is a bit disappointing to me, but all of the character actors were great, especially Law & Order SVU's Christopher Meloni, a riot as a whacked-out psychopathic henchman.
I was a bit disappointed in the editing, although some shots and editing are clever. Some of the editing decisions are explained in the commentary, which I found to be a hoot and which genuinely enriched my experience of the film. Too bad all of the stars showed up late for the commentary session, Tilly and Gershon coming in about 30 minutes before the end of the flick!
This is not a lesbian suspense film; it's a suspense film in which the protagonists are lesbians. The film attempts, I think successfully, to make their lesbianism seem normal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated: Here be spoilers Jan. 25 2004
I thought this movie was visually very interesting. There are unusual camera angles (underneath a sink, under the dashboard of a car, through the walls between apartments) and the lighting is an actor in its own right.
But please don't tell me that this is a good plot. The only thing that makes it unique is that the lovers are both female. If Gina Gershon's character were a guy, the story would be hackneyed and moldy. I'm all in favor of strong female leading characters and positive, assertive lesbian characters, but these two don't enhance an otherwise tired story in a unique way.
SPOILER ALERT: The scene with Johnnie and Shelley in the bathroom with the pruning shears goes too far. You could stop that scene when he produces the shears and says "I'm gonna ask you ten times" and it would have been suspenseful and horrifying enough. They didn't have to show blood spurts and dropped digits. Jennifer Tilly's reactions to the sound effects are far more effective than anything they could show. Like the girls' second intimate scene (the seduction fulfilled), the directors just went gratuitously over the top. A hint is enough. Cheap titillation like that drags down an otherwise very good film.
SPOILER ALERT TWO: I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending of this film. It's nice that they had a semi-happy ending, but there are times when you think that they couldn't possibly get away with it.
And I agree with some of my fellow reviewers: if you can stand the sound of Jennifer Tilly's voice, you'll be fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie!! Oct. 7 2003
Bound revolves around three key characters. The first is a gangster named Caesar ( Joe Pantoliano). The second is his mistress Violet (Jennifer Tilly). The third is a woman named Corky ( Gina Gershon) who was just released from prison and also moved into the same building as Caesar and Violet. Although Violet is involved with Caesar, she can't help developing a strong infatuation with Corky. The story takes an interesting turn when Corky and Violet become lovers. The two lovers then slowly develop a plan to steal 2 million dollars from the mob, and frame Caesar in the process.
"Bound" is a great film. The overall suspense is nail-biting. Another thing I like about this movie, is the fact that it is laid out extremely well, and leaves no loose ends at all. You don't end up feeling confused, or wondering why the film happened the way that it did. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly have great chemistry in this film and provide passionate love scenes and a partnership that is extremely solid. It really is fun to watch the two women work together in and out of the bedroom. Joe Pantoliano however gives the film's best performance. He plays the role of an angry mobster perfectly, as well as the confused mark who never knew what hit him. Watching him lose control is great.
The DVD itself is excellent. Not only is it affordable, but it also includes the unrated version of the film and commentary from the directors, as well as Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, and Joe Pantoliano. I highly recommend this movie!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This DVD movie called BOUND was fantastic!
The characters were captivating. The story was raw, filled with chills & thrills.
I would recommend it to all my friends.
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Published 4 months ago by Claudette Dau
4.0 out of 5 stars Bound
This movie was great, the actresses worked exceptionally well together. I would highly recommend it. I had been looking for a copy for sometime and finally found it at Amazon. WTG
Published 10 months ago by Wolfynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary,Funny,Sexy and Exciting,Say Roger Ebert...And Me.
"Bound" is the type of movie that some people would call neo-noir Thriller,
but it's still not for every one,especially the lesbian scene,that some say takes away from... Read more
Published 16 months ago by trek fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining movie
for what it is: a decent caper film with a great performance by Joe P., one of his best. Tilly isn't bad either, but it's hard to take her seriously with that voice, I have to... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by nom-de-nick
5.0 out of 5 stars By the Directors of the Matrix
I heard of this movie when I saw the Matrix DVD bonus extras. This was the movie that got them the Matrix. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Mensor
5.0 out of 5 stars audio difficulty
I loved the movie so much that I bought the dvd some years ago. Wondering though, is it just my particular dvd that has problems with the audio commentary? Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by schmope
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Movie, Well Photographed, But Not In Anamorphic
So again, there's no point in me buying this DVD since it won't work on my widescreen TV.
Published on Jan. 27 2004 by Reticuli
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW THATS ENTERTAINMENT
Wow this movie is pure dynamite.With two Hollywood hotties(Gina
Gershon and Jennifer Tilly)both being steamy lovers. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by kyle sanders
3.0 out of 5 stars Bound By Good Intentions
Gina Gershon has never been hard to look at...and if you can stand Tilly's voice for two hours you may get through the movie unharmed, It is a great effort...but realistic? Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2003 by calartgrl
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