Killing Zoe (1993)


“We go in. We get what we want. We come out. ” – Eric

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (video and cable in the 90’s and 19 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A safe cracker on his way to a heist in Paris, gets sidetracked when he falls in love with a call girl.

My Take on it – I have always been a huge fan of films from Roger Avery and Quentin Tarantino and this is one of their very first collaborations.

This films plot is quite interesting, but the way it is presented just doesn’t work very well.

This premise has so much potential yet this comes off as a very cheap carbon copy of True Romance (1993) which is another film that they collaborated on just a few months later.

I did enjoy the way that they got around expensive effects shots by using clever camera angles.

The characters have no chemistry whatsoever and eventhough Julie Delpy and Eric Stoltz are usually quite good, neither stands out here.

To see this premise done right, check out True Romance (1993) with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Bottom Line – Great idea that just doesn’t work as well as it could. The fact that this is from the mind of Avery and Tarantino says quite a lot as to what kind of this this is trying to be, but it just isn’t effective enough. The way they get around doing expensive effects shits works quite well tho. All in all, this feels like a cheap copy of True Romance (1993) that just isn’t as good.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Roger Avary shares his friend Quentin Tarantino’s disdain for film schools. “Killing Zoe never would have happened had I stayed in film school,” he says. “I went to film school for a while, and it was just a bunch of kids who’s parents were paying for everything and decided on film because it was easier than med school. Nobody had any passion. The people with passion are all in the video stores. That’s where Quentin and I got started, that’s where we saw great movies that nobody else saw, and noticed the kinds of films people did see. If I had stayed in film school, I wouldn’t have even attempted half of what I did with Killing Zoe. You can only do that sort of thing when you don’t know nobody else ever has.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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