Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Robert De Niro.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino (Miramax)

Tarantino confirms his mastery in setting up dialogues and his extrordinary ability in giving life to characters overflowing with sickening plasticity.

The movie drags on tediously, conveying to the audience, in a seventies TV movie-like fashion, feelings of fatigue and ennui de vivre apparently shared by the whole cast.

The only character trying to escape the ticking away of time is the hoodlum Ordell (a remarkable S. Jackson) that keeps a hip look and hairdo and that seems to have repressed the movie culture of the seventies( he mistakes Helmut Berger in the detective B-movie from 1977 La belva col mitra by Sergio Grieco for Rutger Hauer).

Anyway his effort will be vain.

The whole plot is similar to those generated by the inventiveness of Magnus & Bunker, the authors that genially introduced grotesque in italian comics between 1960s and 1970s ( see Kriminal, Satanic and Alan Ford). Louis-De Niro, the freaky marijuana-banged gangster, reminds us of one of those miserable simpletons that swarm in the adventures of Alan Ford (check Superciuk out).

Giuseppe Sansonna collin@ipsnet.it

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