Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Foster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen
A flight attendant of a small Mexican airline, Jackie Brown (Grier) smuggles money over from Mexico for gun dealer Ordell Robbie (Jackson) and is intercepted by ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Keaton) and LAPD detective Mark Dargus (Bowen). Realising that Brown can become a means to an end to apprehend the bigger fish, Ordell, Ray and Mark agree to drop charges if she can get them to Ordell. When Ordell learns of Jackie’s initial arrest, he arranges bail with bondsman Max Cherry (Foster) and releases her. Ordell suspects that Jackie may have spilled the beans on him to get bail and plans on murdering her, Jackie realises that Ordell might want to kill her and hence hatches a plot with him to save her life. The movie is directed by the hugely acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and is based on a 1992 novel titled Rum Punch. Although the movie does contain the trademark Tarantino subtle underlying humour, it is not as developed as his more modern movies are and feels far more rough. The movie slowly builds into a very intersting climax and will have you glued till the very end and along with heavy weights such as Jackson and De Niro, it can never go wrong in keeping you entertained. Although Tarantino cannot be praised of the screenplay, since it has followed the novel word-by-word, the final execution and the small improvements and Tarantino touches have made all the difference in the movie being a wonderful experience to watch.
Thumbs up: Great story and good acting
Thumbs down: Still very raw and rough around the edges