Bound (1996)

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)
Writers: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)
Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano

Bound is the story of a mobs moll called Violet (played to absolute perfection by Tilly) who seduces and uses Corky (Gershon) to help her rip off the mob and her boyfriend Caesar(also played very impressively by Pantoliano) to the tune of two million dollars. What could go wrong huh?

Gershon is employed to renovate an apartment in a block owned by the mob after just getting out. The first meeting between Violet and Corky is pure sexual cinema and brilliantly filmed and played without words. Things soon speed up and Caesar is asked to collect two million dollars from a bent mob guy and hold it for the big boss to collect. This is where Violet and Corky start their plan.

Only things do not go according to plan (of course they don’t heh). Double dealings, revenge and desperation follow. I will not go into much more for those who have not seen this brilliant film, but trust that things get way out of hand for all concerned. Will Vi and Corky be together? Watch and find out.

This is perhaps the Wachowski Sisters best film and it has a real noir feel to it. Though I would not call it noir or even particularly neo-noir, the vibes and feel are there. I also would not have been in the least bit surprised if the Cohen brothers had directed it. The film has a real feel of theirs to it also. Filmed pretty much in just a few rooms, this is a cracking film that you should seek out if you missed this when it was first released and like well acted and scripted thrillers.


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