Running Time: 108 minutes
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Jackie Brown I had mentioned how he was made to be a better director when he was working with someone else’s source material and the same can be said about his writing. Without doubt one of the best Tarantino films to date is the Tony Scott directed True Romance and glossing swiftly passed the issues on and off camera with Natural Born Killers the other crown jewel of his genre style of narrative writing is the Robert Rodriguez directed From Dusk Till Dawn.
When Richard Gecko (Tarantino) breaks his brother Seth (George Clooney) out of custody at a Texan courthouse it triggers a state wide manhunt and a violent dash towards the boarder and towards the safety of El Rey (which fans of The Getaway will recognise from the book but astonishingly from neither filmic adaptation) but the brothers troubles have only just begun when they hold up in a Mexican bar until dawn.
The most interesting thing about From Dusk Till Dawn is how both directors have, seemingly, forgotten it. With the release of Grindhouse, Machete and Inglourious Basterds the pair have been almost striving to make the best modern day Explotation film possible not realising that they did it in 1996 without really trying. From Dusk Till Dawn captures all that’s great about Exploitation cinema, genre cinema and film making in general. Though there are moments were narratively holes appear and some of the logic is somewhat lacking it’s an engaging film because of how much pleasure those involved had making it. The last great Exploitation movie?? Perhaps!