Kill Bill Vol. 2

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3 1/2

Kill Bill Vol. 2 is the second half of director and producer Quentin Tarantinos colorful and artistic tribute to martial-arts films. Delivered in the same quirky, episodic format as the first film, Vol. 2 continues to follow the Bride (Uma Thurman) on her brutal and bloody quest for vengeance. Once the deadliest member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, trained by great martial-arts master Pai Mai (Gordon Liu), the Bride was left for dead after the assassins ambushed her wedding party and Bill put a bullet in her head, presumably killing her unborn child. But instead of ending the Brides life, the bullet put her in a coma for four years. Once she awakes, the only thing on her mind is to find and to kill Bill (David Carradine). But first, she must dispatch his Squad. Having already eliminated two members in Vol. 1, the Bride sets her sights on the two who remain, Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle (Daryl Hannah).

Like its predecessor, Kill Bill Vol. 2 is extremely violent. The carnage is less severe than in Vol. 1, with more talking and less killing, but that does not diminish the sick and sadistic nature of the film. The characters are lawless, setting their own standards of right and wrong, and all authority figures are conspicuously absent. In addition, the only moral commentary is offered by one of the Brides targets who vindicates her viciousness by saying, She deserves her revenge, and we deserve to die. While that statement may be true in some respect, it does little to justify the ensuing brutality. Apart from extreme and sadistic violence, Vol. 2 also contains some objectionable language, illicit drug use and Buddhist influences, all of which push it far into negative acceptability territory. Preview advises that you avoid both volumes of Kill Bill.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (27) times mild (hell 2, damn 5); moderate (bastard 3, tits 3, other 2); strong (ass 7, bitch 5)

Obscene Language: Many (35) times moderate (piss 1); strong (f-word 19, s-word 9, other 6)

Profanity: Several (6) times moderate (OMG 1); strong (GD 5)

Violence: Many times moderate (several extended fight scenes with fistfighting, martial arts and swordplay; woman shot in chest; woman buried alive; woman injured on hand by hitting a wood block; man poisoned to death; wedding party murdered; images of bloody fight scenes from first film); strong (man attacked by poisonous snake and dies from snakebite, womans eyes gouged out, woman shot in head at close range)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once mild (woman in strip club shows cleavage)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (several scenes at strip club but no women are present, reference to a sexual relationship out of wedlock)

Drugs: Few times mild (alcohol used in a few scenes); moderate (reference to marijuana use); strong (man and woman shown snorting cocaine)

Other: Portrayal of vengeance and assassination, use of Eastern martial-arts themes including some Eastern ideas about manipulating reality with a disciplined mind, discussion of a child discovering how to kill her pet, casual approach to murder

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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