Death Proof (2007) is a thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie features Kurt Russell as a crazy stunt man who murders women in his vintage “death proof” stunt car.
The film begins with four young women who come across Stuntman Mike, a psychopathic Hollywood stunt driver. Mike stalks the ladies and follows them into a bar, where he offers to drive one of them home in his “death proof” car, fitted with a roll cage. The catch is that the automobile is only “death proof” for the driver.
Fourteen months later, Stuntman Mike sets his eyes on a new group of women. However, these young ladies don’t go down as easily.
Death Proof is modeled after the grindhouse movies of the 70s and has a dirty, overly grainy look. When it was released in theatres, it screened beside Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror as a double feature.
The best parts of Death Proof are the car chases and stunts. Nowadays, most car chases in movies consist of a bunch of fast, close-up shots of vehicles with no coherence (think Bourne movies). Death Proof is the exception. Tarantino uses long, wide shots to exhibit the superb stunt driving and the sequences are very well edited.
In addition, Tarantino’s classic dialogue is present, along with a great soundtrack. Listen here.
Death Proof is a really entertaining watch. Grab some popcorn and relive some 70s nostalgia.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell, and Rosario Dawson