From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)


“Now I’m gonna ask you one question, and all I want is a yes or no answer: Do you wanna live through this? ” – Seth Gecko

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’96, cable, video and 27 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two brothers on a crime spree across the South try to get into Mexico before they are apprehended by the law.

My Take on it – This is a film that I first saw when it came out solely due to the fact that it was written by and starred Quentin Tarantino.

The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and they essentially create two movies here that are plugged together along the way.

The first half of the film is superb and utilizes so many of Tarantino’s talents for film making.

The characters, the crimes they commit and the dialogue is completely what one might expect from Tarantino.

This causes many problems thou once the second half kicks in and the story turns into a horror film.

The cast is amazing here and George Clooney excels during the first half while he delivers Tarantino’s lines.

He is able to perfectly transform into this character and it all flows so well.

The rest of the cats is also great with Tarantino himself here, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and Harvey Keitel all adding to the story.

The first half also develops some great characters that we can care about, yet the second half only gives us action, horror and gore in all that they do here and the new characters are all completely superficial in all that they say or do.

It’s too bad that they chose to meld together these two genres because things would have been much more interesting if they continued the first half of the story in the Tarantino style that it begins with.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The humorous line, “No thanks, I’ve already had a wife”, was improvised by George Clooney. Director Robert Rodriguez never intended it to be in the final cut, but after the studio included the line in a trailer, he felt obligated to include it in the film.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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