True to form, Quenton Tarentino creates a great blend on kung fu nostalgia and modern day bore in this movie. The "Bride" (played by Uma Thurman) has no name. She is some blonde chick who wakes up from her coma to realize 3 things:
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1. She survived a gun shot to the head
2. Her baby is gone
3. She has been raped while she was in a coma
This is all a lot to take in, but she's such a trooper that she kills the next potential rapist, kills the facilitator, steals his car, and relearns to walk in less than 3 short scenes. From there, she drives the facilitator's Pussy Wagon off to get revenge on the people who put her in the coma--her "co-workers" in the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad": O-Ren Ishii, Elle Driver, Vernita, Green, Bud, and Bill.
The audience sees The Bride pull up to Vernita Green's home where she pulls out her revenge list. O-Ren Ishii's name is already crossed off (Tarentino often puts things out of order in his movies). She enters Vernita's home, fights, then the daughter's bus pulls up. They decide to fight later. Vernita betrays the agreement, though, and tried to shoot The Bride through a cereal box, but she misses and the Bride throws a knife that kills Vernita. The daughter sees the whole thing and The Bride invites the girl to come find her later.
From there, the film re-visits the confrontation with O-Ren Ishii. Unlike Vernita, she gets a long animated backstory. It only gets more action-packed from there.
Best part of story, including ending:
I hated that Vernita Green's character barely had a backstory.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when The Bride told the viewer about each off the Crazy 88 bodyguards' backgrounds. I liked seeing the guy get stabbed with the sword and bleed out on the train in the backstory.
Opinion about the main character:
I disliked that noise she heard every time she was faced with her past.
A team of assassins massacre a church full of people attending a wedding of one of their former members, the bride.
However, the bride survives and spends 4 years in a coma. She wakes to find the baby she was carrying gone. She vows revenge on the assassins and their master, Bill.
The bride's first target is Vernita, whom she kills in front of her daughter.
The bride then travels to Japan where Bill's former master and sword maker, Hattori, comes out of retirement to make her a special sword.
Her next target, O-Ren, is in Japan and is the head of a criminal empire. In order to get to O-Ren the bride must fight her way through dozens of swordsmen. She defeats them and after a short battle she kills O-Ren.
The bride then returns to America to continue her vengeful rampage.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson
A woman used to be part of an assassination squad lead by a man named Bill. On her wedding day the party is ambushed and everyone is killed. She is shot and left for dead, but she survives and ends up in a coma. Four years later she wakes up. She makes a list of the five people from the assassination squad and plots her revenge. She then goes after each member one by one. She starts out in Japan where she does sword training and has to face a gang of 88 people. This is part one of a two part series.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer
A pregnant Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) is left for dead at her wedding. After four years in a coma, she wakes to seek revenge for her loss. She journeys to the Far East, learns to wield a sword like an expert and slashes through all her enemies to end in bloody triumph.
The review of this Movie prepared by Sherrie Mills
"The Bride" (Thurman) used to be a member of an elite team of female killers called the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS). Four years before, she left the team to marry the love of her life in a small Texas town, but her former colleagues and their boss, "Bill," showed up at the wedding and slaughtered everyone, including the pregnant bride. Shot in the head, she remained in a coma for four years. When she awoke, the Bride vowed revenge on them all, and in this 2003 movie (the first of two), she faces down Copperhead (Fox) and Oren-Ishii, aka Cottonmouth (Liu), who has since become yakuza boss of Tokyo. Writer-director Tarantino's movie is an exercise in pure, joyous style, with homage to Hong Kong kung fu movies, Japanese anime (Ishii's background is told all in cartoon), TV shows like "The Green Hornet" and "Ironside," previous Tarantino movies and characters, and even Trix cereal. There are considerable balletic fight scenes as well as a lot of comic but over-the-top gore.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Black Mamba (Uma Thurman) wakes from a coma four years after a team of assassins attempt to kill her on her wedding day. With the loss of her unborn child she seeks revenge for what they did to her. This movie explores the relationship between gender, violence and maternity with action packed scenes and exaggerated violence. This is not for the faint hearted as there are explicit references to rape, torture and pedophilia as well as more blood, dismemberment and murder than you could summon if you went to a slaughter house.
The review of this Movie prepared by Solace