A former member of an all female martial arts assassination squad is ready to retire and start life anew, but not if ex-employer, Bill has anything to do with it. He has her assassinated on her wedding (along with the all guests and the groom). Years latter she wakes from a coma with a katana-sword in her hand and revenge on her mind. Billed as a blackly-comic homage to cult-cinema of the past, the references and come so thick and fast that the movie is practicably made of them, however it won't take an observant viewer, unblinded by fanatical Tarantino fandome, to realize that this is really an homage to QT himself more than anything else. Pretentiously self-indulgent and not much fun as a result. Even the well-renown fight scenes are really mundane at best. Those unfamiliar with the films being referenced will be astonished, but those who grow up on Wuxia epics, samurai dramas and Shaw Bros productions will be left scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is about. Due to the film's excessive length, it was split into two separate movies for it's theatrical release, resulting in a 'Vol. 2'
Brosnan and Kinnear are Great
Reviewed by KHL for The Matador at 2008-06-19 16:16:35
Great, darkly humorous story (pretty well summed up above) about an aging hitman who thinks he is losing his edge. Kinnear and Brosnan work really well together, as the naive businessman 'Danny Boy' (Kinnear) meets the raunchy, uncouth, yet somehow likable Julian (Brosnan).
Great atmosphere in Mexico City at the bullfights. This movie will make you laugh and may even touch your heart. Short and sweet at 90 minutes running time.