Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's celebration of 70s-style sleaze, 191 minutes long including a short intermission, seems ideally suited for gleeful, mean-spirited 11-year-old boys who can sneak into this double bill despite the R rating. I enjoyed the invented trailers the directors fold into the mix, but despite the jokey "missing reels," these two full-length features are each 20 minutes longer than they need to be, and neither one makes much sense as narrative. Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" is virtually nothing but gross-out gags involving castration, dismemberment, mass murder, zombies, and Osama bin Laden. Tarantino's "Death Proof" starts off as a meandering look at Austin's Tex-Mex joints—there's more gab here than in any of his work since Reservoir Dogs—then gravitates into a blend of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and stunt-driving movies, culminating in some well-filmed action and more celebratory killing. With Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, and Zoe Bell.
Director: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez
Producer: Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Elizabeth Avellan, Erica Steinberg, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Cast: Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Marley Shelton, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Naveen Andrews, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo, Mary Winstead, Stacy Ferguson, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Bruce Willis, Tracie Thoms and Eli Roth