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- From Dusk Till Dawn
- Runtime:108 min
- Release Date:2014-12-22 12:56:19
- Director: Robert Rodriguez
- Genres: Action, Horror, Thriller
MOVIE REVIEW:From Dusk Till Dawn
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
From the creative minds of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino comes
this odd flick. I stumbled across it on TV and was fairly intrigued so
I watched the encore presentation. I was actually pretty thrilled by
it. The movie starts off with the guise of a genuine Tarantino flick,
with great dialogue and the tense atmosphere of a tense crime thriller
you could say. With acting presence of George Clooney, Tarantino
himself, Harvey Keitel, and Juliette Lewis, it flows quite nicely. Then
enter the lusciously delicious Salma Hayek, and from then on you are
thrust into an entirely different film. It's this transition I believe
that throws many off, but it works due to the performances and the
thrill of the action.
The film loses its sense of seriousness to a degree, but it serves up
quite a bit of bloody, gruesome yet funny action. For what it is, the
film is very entertaining and very different from what you usually get.
I was excited to hear there were two sequels, but they're as dismal as
the usual trash. "From Dusk till Dawn" is a truly unique horror
Written by Tarantino back in his video shop employee days, and directed
by Robert Rodriguez fresh off his Desperado breakout, From Dusk Till
Dawn is really two episodes combined to make a fun, funny and original,
yet totally off-the-wall film.
It also had an in-her-prime Salma Hayek dancing in a bikini with an
albino snake wrapped around her neck – never a bad thing.
The opening scene has Earl and Pete yakking up a storm in the local
bottle-O. Among other things they discuss a local string of crimes
perpetrated by two low life brothers named Seth and Richie Gecko, that
include robbery, murder and kidnapping. It seems they are headed for
the border which will mean they go right through the local area. Earl
hopes that will be the case, he is the local sheriff after all.
A quick reveal shows that Seth and Richie are indeed nearby, and after
an action packed and frankly hilarious shootout they leave the
smoldering remains of the bottle-O and hit the road.
The Gecko's aren't your regular petty crims, Seth (George Clooney) is
the heavily tatted mastermind, cool, calm and calculated. All business.
While Richie is deeply insecure, cold-bloodedly violent and basically
f*cking nuts, always a good combo.
They are indeed on the way to Mexico, to be more specific a backwater
town named El-Ray, where they will be meeting their fence, (the guy who
will buy the stolen goods), but first they must cross the border, where
they are Public Enemy #s 1 & 2.
Enter Jacob, Kate and Scott, a family on holiday in their camper van.
Jacob has lost his wife in a car-wreck, which made him question his
faith to the point that he has given up his role as a Priest, Kate and
Scott are his children, the fact that Scott is of Chinese descent is
acknowledged but never explained.
Seth and Richie abduct the entire family and demand that they escort
them across the border to safety, now even though Jacob has a troubled
past he is still humble, yet steely determined, and he initially says
"no chance". That is until Seth threatens to sic Richie onto Kate.
Now to expedite proceedings after some shennanigans they find
themselves across the border and in Mexico, where Seth directs them to
a local bar called the Titty-Twister for celebratory beers.
Now up to this point the happenings in this film were only improbable.
Here it gets a little bit crazier.
At the totally O.T.T. Titty Twister the Tarantino part of the film
ends, the rest being all Rodriguez. The bar is populated by heaps of
familiar character actors and film personalities, a short list includes
Cheech Marin, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Danny Trejo and Fred
Williamson, Salma arrives later. The bar has strippers and crazy
dancers, an inhouse band, surly staff and dangerous looking clientèle.
After some petty fights involving various staff and drinkers,
(featuring what I would venture a guess as being the first genital
cannon in cinema outside of porn!) the tone slips down a notch, as
53 minutes running time.
Salma plays Satanico Pandemonium, the exotically named, exotic looking,
exotic dancer, complete with the previously mentioned albino reptile.
Over the next three or so minutes she puts on a dance that has the bar
transfixed, and I dare say many bars in the audience were transfixed
from this point too.
Now up to this point the happenings in the film were only wildly
improbable. Here it goes cuckoo-f*cking-bananas! 58 minutes running
Salma, (as we know it) moves on, and all sh*t breaks loose.
The remainder of the film has scant plot aside from the fact that our
characters are beset by honest to goodness vampires from this point on
until the credits. There are numerous sightgags, some effects work that
is equal parts dodgy and inspired, and gore galore, but all of it more
cheesy than cringe-inducing.
Most "standard" vampire rules apply, stakes, holy water, crosses etc
and the small group of surviving non-bloodsuckers must make it to dawn
to see if the final rule, that of death by sunlight, applies.
There is some great dialogue, frenetic action and inspired chaos, there
are also some quite hilarious intermissions, most notably Fred
Williamson's 'Nam recollections that seem to ramble on and on, all the
while becoming more animated.
While this isn't as critically embraced as Pulp Fiction or even Sin
City, and with reason, From Dusk Till Dawn is amazingly efficient
genre-busting film-making. I've said before you can't watch the same
film over and over again without getting bored, you need some variety,
something different sometimes.
The fact is that From Dusk Till Dawn is likely totally different from
almost anything you'll watch this year. But it is also a great film,
and hugely entertaining.
Final Rating 8 / 10. I hate the description Horror-Comedy, but this
film and Shaun of the Dead prove that it can be done well.
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I had high expectation.That is why I rented the movie but my opinion
about the movie is not going to match my expectations because it was
nothing horror. It was just a nice crime and poor horror stories
combined with no sense. 2nd Half of the movie sucked bad… 1st hour
was fine as long as it was just crime it was fine but when the horror
part came, It was awfully horrible. Still I am giving it generous 4
stars but I sure won't recommend it to anyone.
Best part of the movie is script probably which is only good at first
half. 7.1 rating is high for a movie like this.
Its pretty bad movie. Still no hard feelings Robert is still a very
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