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Pulp Fiction back to product details

not so violent
written by alexjb October 16, 2006 - 4:30 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
tho i'd be really surprised if there are folks on GC not familiar with pulp fiction, i thought i'd clarify a couple of things:

1. it's not *that* violent. no major shoot-outs like Heat or reservoir dogs; nothing at all to compare with natural born killers. a couple of people get shot, and there are oe or two other scenes with a violent or explicit tone, but this is not a heavy violence or even heavy action film.

2. great dialogue. my friends often quote lines from this film, many years later. the performaces are all super tight, the characters memorable and well-developed despite the absolutely minimal use of backstory or "establishing scenes".

3. unusual storytelling. one of the hallmarks of this film is the non-linear storytelling approach. multiple plot lines which converge at different points, sometimes obvious, sometimes not. it's not all that uncommon now, but this film is still a great example of how to make it work.

What's in the briefcase?
written by BrodiesGirl July 10, 2003 - 10:54 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This movie left a HUGE impression on me. Pulp Fiction was released when I was at the ripe old age of thirteen. See, I was WAY into movies by this point in my life, and I had seen many movies to bulk up my history of film knowledge. I had read so much about Pulp Fiction and what an "important" movie it was. I kept thinking about this as I was seated uncomfortably between my parents in the darkened theater, counting the number of "F"-words in the opening scene. After I reached more than 25, I stopped counting. I knew that this was going to be a very interesting time.

I had not seen anything like this movie before. It literally blew my mind. About an hour or so into the movie, I was pulled out of the theater by my mother and taken to see the awful Junior. Remember? Arnold Schwartzenegger gets pregnant? Yeah. You can imagine the hatred I had for that movie after being taken out of Pulp Ficiton. Coupled with the fact that I saw Natural Born Killers in the theater a few months prior (but only with Dad, not Mom), I was very angry. The Pulp Fiction mystique grew to mammoth proportions in my head.

When I was finally able watch Pulp Fiction (basically when it came to video) it didn't let me down. Fast-paced, extravagently violent, unusual but memorable soundtrack, excellent cast. There isn't really a quest or driving force, it is just a story about several characters in a messed up timeline. Tarantino excels at how the story is told and how we are able to see the story, which makes all the difference in the world. Yeah, he's a rip-off artist, blah blah blah. He still made a kick ass movie that is incredibly entertaining with solid performances by the likes of Uma Thurman, the one and only Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Tim Roth, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz. Definitely a modern classic that helped define a huge part of 90's film.

Bottom Line: Incredibly violent and profane (but in a good way), entertaining, well-written and well-acted, and a cornerstone of 90's cinema.


(Average 7.88)
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