Bound is a Hitchcockian piece of film noir (that's good), mixed with
an Eszterhasian piece of lesbian chic (that's not so good).
Corky (Gina Gershon) is a lesbian ex-con fresh out of prison. She
lands a job renovating an apartment next door to a money launderer,
Caesar (Joe Pantoliano) and his wife, Violet (Jennifer Tilly).
Violet wants out, and she sees Corky as her chance. The two begin a
secret affair while hatching a complex scheme to rob the mob
and pin the blame on Caesar. The beginning of Bound focuses on the
lesbian relationship between Corky and Violet, and in many ways is the
worst part of the film. The lesbianism seems to be tossed into the
film as a gimmick, and doesn't come across as very credible or important
to the plot. Once the sluggish opening scenes are past, and the women
plot their scheme, Bound really gets moving. The carrying out of the plot
and its consequences are truly riveting. The Wachowski Brothers, who directed
the film, manage to convey a true sense of danger off the screen.
If they were able to pace the first half of the film in the same frantic
manner, this would be one not to miss.
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