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"Kill Bill 2"



" Kill Bill 2" ... the revenge saga continues.

THE BOX office success and cult audience reverence for violence and gore have had many filmmakers coming up with newer and more twisted ways of depicting violence. With "Kill Bill 1" and now with "Kill Bill 2," Quentin Tarantino has created more gore with his penchant for martial arts and some old flaky westerns.

In this film he tries to put the audience into the mind of a vengeful woman yearning for payback. She is the heroine and the audience is supposed to cheer her on. If it is any consolation, her enemies are the ultimate in meanness.

The story begins with a black and white flashback to the wedding rehearsal of the Bride (Uma Thurman) in El Paso, Texas, that is interrupted with the arrival of Bill (David Carradine), the leader of a band of assassins and her former boss and lover. Pregnant with his child, she decides she must put an end to her ways now that she is going to be a mother. Bill's heart is broken and he responds by releasing all his pent up anger.

The Bride, however, survives the massacre and the gunshot wound after being in coma for nearly four years. She now vows to take revenge.

She first tracks down Budd (Michael Madsen), Bill's younger brother, who lives in a trailer in the wilderness.The audience discovers that he is ready for her. He gets her first and in line with the meanness and nastiness that is part of every character in the film, buries her alive. She tries to get out and the scene zooms back to the past, to where she is being trained by a Chinese master, Pai Mei.

The Bride (now known as Kiddo) heads off to Mexico to murder Bill. The director wants us to believe that even among such killers there are glimmers of hope and love. At the Mexican house where he lives she finds a little girl, her little girl whom she has never seen. There are some visually beautiful gimmicks — like the resurrected Kiddo leaving behind a cloud of dust, stumbling into a roadside diner and asking for a glass of water. Technically the film is very good — the director employs the alternating black and white and colour sequences to drive home points and plays around with the frame size and the sound effects. The cinematography is good too. Those who consider this kind of stylised violence entertaining, are the ones who would enjoy "Kill Bill 2."

CHITRA MAHESH

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