Top critical review
on March 18, 2004
This one is just trying to cash in on the big Asian movie invasion (read: that ridiculous supernatural-Matrix-Crouching Tiger jumping and flipping and swordfight eye-rolling-inducing scenes). And he just puts layer upon layer of the exact same fight scene (um, didn't anybody own a gun? I would assume that, yes, even in Japan, the present day weapon of choice when you're in a jam is a good, reliable, automatic hand-held weapon of some sort), I can only assume to astonish the likes of fourteen year old boys. And these scenes go on...and on...and on...
The acting is probably the worst that I have seen of any of his movies, his character choice is so poor, that I can't believe he's the same guy who cast the Pulp Fiction cast (Samuel Jackson versus Lucy Liu?????? Or Darryl Hannah? Or Vivica Fox?). Can we say 'Charlie's Angels' anybody? Charlie's Angels trying too hard, though.
There was way too much dialogue, and the desperation for it to be witty, clever, and ironic actually had an odour. More of a stench really.
Unless he was trying to resurrect the 'Fox Force 5' idea from Pulp Fiction, with Uma playing the blonde knife expert (though she was more of a swordswoman in this flick), I can't see any intelligence in it. Oh, and when Uma does the 'square' trace in the air in Kill Bill, it may have been a little bit more nostalgic if he had (since I would assume he pasted that into Kill Bill from Pulp Fiction intentionally) insinuated a dotted outline of the trace, as he had in the originating movie.
If you're looking for a good samurai fight scene, I hate to admit it, but The Last Samurai had some good scenes. And of course, if any sword will do, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was pretty amazing. If you're looking for action and comedy, any Jackie Chan would do. If you're looking for something Japanese in an action flavour (with American overtones) see Black Rain. There is a good decapitation scene if you're worried you'll miss out on it. And if you're looking for something clever in the inimitable style of Tarantino, re-rent Pulp Fiction. Or Reservoir Dogs.