Bound (1996) 4.5/5 (2)
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Rating: The Good – 79.8
Genre: Drama
Duration: 108 mins
Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski
Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano

An ex-con (Gina Gershon) gets a job as a plumber/handy-woman in an apartment building and soon attracts the attention of the seductive girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) of her her mobster neighbour. When they work out a clever scheme to take two million dollars of the mob’s money from him, things naturally go sideways pretty quickly. The Wachowski brothers tell a masterful story of sexually-charged suspense, full of twists and turns in much the same way that another famous pair of brother directors did in their debut. Though not as cleverly worked out as the Coen Brother’s Blood Simple, the latter was made back in the days when the budgets of independent films were truly shoestring. Bound is a much slicker production shot in the same starkly contrasting colours as the Wachowski bothers’ later film The Matrix (kudos to cinematographer Bill Pope). Although, Bound is shot mostly using staged interiors, the directors switch between wide and long lenses and high and low angles at ease to create an incredibly tense atmosphere and keep the audience hooked throughout. The dialogue is perfectly weighted to the pace of the film and the acting from all three of the leads is outstanding particularly in the case of Joe Pantoliano as the mobster who the two girls are trying to swindle. Bound lacks the rich thematic underlay of Blood Simple or Fargo but it’s just as tricksy in its plot and dialogue. That combined with its unique look and the quality of the performances makes it one of the best thrillers to come out of independent cinema in decades.

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