Saturday, February 20, 2010

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

The Geko brothers kidnap a small family and their RV as they escape to Mexico after a bank heist. Once they are all safely across the border, a quick stop at a local strip joint turns into a night of terror when the bar becomes a haven for vampires after dark! FROM DUSK TIL DAWN has two distinct personalities, the first being a brilliantly scripted crime drama with signature Tarentino exchanges and a shrewd dark humor, while the other becomes a gratuitous and mindless actioner. Most of the comments below are in regards to the first half, which is easily the strongest part of the film. Each of the cast members deliver memorable roles, with Tarentino, Clooney, and Keitel offering some of the best performances of their careers. The Geko brothers are perfectly written and played in direct juxtaposition of one another, and they are far more interesting than the one-sided vampires that replace them as the central villains in the second half. DAWN also boasts excellent cameos from Horror icons like Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Greg Nicotero, and others. KNB is sure to deliver more gooey gore FX, however their make-up for the serpentine vampires range from unique to downright goofy. Rodriguez brings the same frenetic energy to the high-powered gunfights in the end as he had in DESPERADO or EL MARIACHI, but once the action starts rolling there is an immediate shift in tone that feels quite uneven. The crossover into Mexico marks a dividing line where the plot becomes all boobs, blood, and bad CG. Despite the dramatic change the film undergoes, the lightning pace never lets up and fills every moment with laughs and blood even if it is entirely without scares. This match-up between Tarentino and Rodriguez was a sure-fire hit with most fans, and the film remains a staple 90s Horror entry that is clearly above average.

Rating: 9/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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7 comments:

  1. This is the only Tarantino movie I have ever liked, and I don't anticipate ever liking any of his others. I find his writing atrocious and unfollowable. This one is the exception, I like it a lot! Pure cheese in many ways, but still top notch!

    Too back Planet Terror and....that other one that went with it, title slips my mind, weren't.

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  2. good review! i was part of a focus group who saw this movie a couple weeks before it went into theatres. a friend of mine got me in. she thought it was terrible as did most of the other folks who voiced thier opinions when it was over. most thought it was dumb fake looking nonsense.

    i stood up and said alot of what you said. it's two movies slammed together. the gritty crime stuff at the beginning sucks you in and then the movie goes sideways into a wham bam bloodbath. sure the cgi isn't great (but when this was new that was where CGI was at the time) and some of the Vampires where a bit silly looking but it was fun like a bad zombie movie is fun. also i like how the Geko brothers are these horrible guys at the beginning and you end up rooting for them by the middle end.

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  3. I have never seen this one. I have meant to, just never got around to actually seeing it.

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  4. Can you believe I've never seen this either? Everyone loves it and for some reason I've never found the time to watch it. I'm becoming more and more of a Tarantino fan (thanks to Inglourious Basterds) -- so I think this is the time...

    Nice review,
    Billy

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  5. Great review. One of my top ten flicks for good ol' fun. I'm a fan of Tarantino's dialogue and Rodriguez's kinetic action style; this was a nice blend. The make-up, CGI etc. add that bit of camp and imperfection that keep it real rather than some high budget, "no fun" horror flick like ... The Haunting, for example.

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  6. Ive actually never been a fan of the film after the first half, and although I did like it more one this run through I still feel the Tarentino side is far superior to the over the top nonesense of the second half. Clooney is amazing in the role though, there are so many memorable moments on the drive in to Mexico! The second half reflects PLANET TERROR in so many ways, it is just a balls out bloodbath that makes for some fun but lacks any substance.

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  7. One of my faves, and if I ever adopt a daughter she will be named Satanico Pandemonium Romano, don't you just love how that rolls off the tongue?

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