By David Zou
For fans of the revenge thriller, the 21st century has thus far been an exciting, variable, and enjoyably unpredictable era. Borne of the more extreme genre elements that punctuate crime films, action-oriented spectacles, and classical noir, neo-noir, Western, and more often than not the knife-edged extremes of seedier underworlds, these films promise fist-pumping satisfaction after plummeting our heroes and antiheroes often through hell and back.
The films on this list show a wide-ranging assortment of violent, provocative, auteur-driven vehicles, influential movies, astonishing international fare, a few blockbusters, and distinctive arthouse gems, too. Enjoy!
10. Kill Bill (Vol 1, 2003, Vol 2, 2004)
Sure, Quentin Tarantino’s super violent genre pastiche lifts its plot completely from François Truffaut’s 1968 classic The Bride Wore Black, but this two-part revenge epic following Uma Thurman’s the Bride (aka Beatrix Kiddo, aka Black Mamba) is an exercise in over-the-top excess, ultra-violence, and fist-pumping fun.
Fun? Well, the gleeful nihilism with which the Bride, a former assassin, seeks bloody revenge on those who wronged her at the altar, is a wildly inventive and relentless affair. While some of the ensuing mayhem is off-putting to the extreme (a comatose Bride is regularly pimped out by an awful orderlie), the fight choreography, endless pop culture references, action set pieces, and revenge fantasy role play is hard to resist.
Admittedly adolescent and affectionate to all the schlock it celebrates, Kill Bill warrants wide appeal to all but the squeamish. For everyone else, this is Tarantino at his most reinvigorating, teeth-gnashing, and samurai sword swingin’. As Budd (Michael Madsen, with all the charm of a rattlesnake) remarks, “That woman deserves her revenge and we deserve to die.” And die they sure as shit do.
9. True Grit (2010)
This gloriously realized Revisionist Western from the → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema