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I'm fairly sure that Hell Ride's plot has something to do with two rival biker gangs, one of which is called the Six Six Six. But it's hard to really focus on the details through the haze of kitschy 1960s and '70s music (just one of Tarantino's fingerprints on the film), a ton of artificially perky breasts and nubile butt cheeks, lots of killing (via guns, arrows, and knives), slow-motion walking-away-from-explosions, and bikers pulling up into bar parking lots. The characters are men who want to share their murderous acts and awkwardly mutter lines like "A fucking arrow in the middle of the desert. It's a nihilist's dream come true," and women who greet their men by saying, "My pussy's on fire." In fact, there are a plethora of of scenes where these biker-men show up in rooms filled with women who are immediately primed for coitus - just like real life! Unfortunately, many of the vixens get killed shortly afterwards, but the memory of their vaginas, whether irritated or actually aflame, lingers.
Assessing the film's merits, a familiar saying comes to mind: "It is what it is." Hell Ride is not a Bertolucci or Bergman film. It's supposed to be mindless fun, violence, filth, and sex. But as the master, Tarantino, makes very clear in his own work, you have to fill in the cracks with clever dialogue that doesn't sound like film school banter, a visual style that can be considered original (even if it isn't), and a flair for pulling iconic performances out of actors and actresses who aren't always expected to deliver a much. Content to ape better films, Bishop doesn't really follow any of these rules, making this an incredibly difficult 80 minutes to sit through.
TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHglhwcwO8I SEE ALSO: www.hellridemovie.com
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.
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