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Kill Bill Kicks Butt

Maija Gustin | Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beatrix Kiddo fans rejoice! The man himself, Quentin Tarantino, director of “Kill Bill,” amongst other modern classics, has recently gone on record saying that he plans to make a third volume of the epic revenge saga. And, better yet, the Bride (Uma Thurman) is just as excited to get to work on “Volume Three.” The Internet is booming with speculation about the plot. SPOILER ALERT. After all, Bill is officially dead. Not many are known to have survived the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.

The most popular potential plot choice: several years after the events of the first two movies, Vernita Green’s daughter goes to seek her revenge against the Bride, which was strongly alluded to at the end of that great kitchen fight. However, can Tarantino really make a new “Kill Bill” movie that isn’t about killing Bill? As has been suggested by some, will the title be changed to “Kill Beatrix” or “Kill B?” The jury is still out. Either way, there is no need to be scared. “Kill Bill” was a passion project for both Tarantino and Thurman, and there is no way they would screw up “Volume Three.”

For those invested in some of Tarantino’s more popular titles, like “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs” and the recent “Inglourious Basterds,” “Kill Bill” is a massively underrated piece of his repertoire. It features Tarantino staples, like blood (deliciously red and spurting everywhere), ridiculous but compelling dialogue and a bizarre but strangely moving plot. If he strays in any way from his standard non-formulaic formula, it’s in filling his movie with a BA female protagonist (Thurman) and several women baddies that need to be taken care of. “Kill Bill” is not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to revel in gore, Hattori Hanzo sword fights and the tale of a lover scorned, ready to seek her revenge, then this is it.

“Kill Bill” works best as one movie. “Volume One” is exciting and action packed, whereas “Volume Two,” no less exciting, actually gets to the point of the movie, heading towards its resolution. It’s guaranteed that watching them one after the other is really the only way to see “Kill Bill.” For you unfortunate souls unfamiliar with the movie, it follows Beatrix Kiddo, the Bride, after waking up from a lengthy coma. Turns out she was once an assassin, but on her wedding day, was shot and put into a coma by her former associates.

What follows is the Bride literally slashing through her once-coworkers to seek her revenge. Only partway-through “Volume Two” does she make it known what she is really after. No need to spoil that here, but you won’t see it coming. She then has to continue with her killing spree, making her way towards the Head Honcho, the eponymous Bill. This essentially amounts to one of the most entertaining, hold-on-to-your-seat-in-anticipation, kick-butt movies ever. Ever.

Thus why Tarantino’s big reveal has fans all up in a dizzy. Unfortunately, Mr. Auteur has a few projects currently up his sleeve likely to be made before “Kill Bill: Volume Three,” including a remake of “Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill.” However, it is, as of now, tentatively set for a 2014 release date.

These might be four of the roughest years to get through, just out of sheer anticipation, but there is no doubt that it will be worth it. In the meantime, get your hands on “Kill Bill” RIGHT NOW and watch it to your hearts content. Every time an artery is cut and blood begins to shower the room, just remember that there is so much more of that in store for you. Eyeball pulling and scalping might be at a minimum, but other body parts are sure to suffer.