Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal 2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way...
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When I went out to buy some Dvd's I saw this one and decided to buy it not knowing if it was good or not but at the time I did'nt care, and I'm glad that I didn't because this movie is crazy good in so many ways. First it has to deal with the mafia ,second it has two girls (Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon) that want to be with each other but can't because Jennifer is marry to a man thats in the mafia, But Jennifer wants out and gina has a plan to do just that, first steal 2 million dollars from jennifers husband without getting caught and pretty much thats the story right there. But what happens inbetween is very funny and scary. Do not let your kids see the unrated version though because the sex scene is very fresh even for me and Im 18Buy this Dvd now I promise you love it in every way.
On a Saturday afternoon in 1996 I took in a screening of DavidCronenberg's controversial 'Crash' at the Palace cinema in Adelaide.One of the pre-film trailers advertised a movie I had never heard of.It was a thriller called 'Bound' and the preview totally sold me - theflick looked stylish, violent, and intense. I had to see it! So, whenit was released, I returned to the same cinema to check it out. I wasfar from disappointed. 'Bound' is a wonderful film noir up there with'After Dark, My Sweet' and 'The Grifters'.Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon) steam the screen aslesbian lovers who decide to steal two million dollars from a Chicagomobster. They first meet in an elevator and Corky, who is just out ofprison, soon discovers that she is doing some plumbing right next doorto the apartment where Violet lives as a kept woman with her low-levelmobster partner (the always excellent Joe Pantoliano).One evening Caesar bursts through the front door with a large papergrocery bag almost overflowing with blood-soaked money. He explainsthat the money belongs to Gino Marzzone (Richard C. Sarafian), the headof a Chicago crime family. Caesar's plan is to wash the blood off themoney, hang it up to dry, iron each and every bill individually, thendivide the money into denominations using an automatic countingmachine, and place a band around each denomination. Then he will placeall the cash neatly into a suitcase and present it to Gino when heflies in to collect it. But Violet and Corky have other ideas, and theyhatch a plan to make off with the cash. Will they get away clean? Thisis a thoroughly enjoyable thriller, but it is not for the prudish orthe faint of heart. There are plenty of clever twists and some shockingviolence. 'Bound' represents an opportunity to see what the directingteam of the Wachowski Brothers did before they conquered the world withthe mind-bending science fiction of the 'The Matrix' trilogy and thebrilliant and unfairly reviled 'Speed Racer'. They show that they canbe just as inventive and imaginative on a small budget as they are on abig one. If you like film noir, then this is highly recommended.
I have mixed feelings about this film....in the first half an hour itsets up the cat and mouse game with Tilly, a gangster's moll and secretdyke falling for her lesbian neighbor ex-con Gina Gershon. When herboyfriend (an excellent Joe Pantaliano) steals $2.137 Mn for the mafia,the two ladies decide to steal it from him. The cat and mouse gamesthat ensue are the bulk of the film.I liked the twists and turns in the movie. The direction, photographyand especially the lighting were superb. In the cast Joe Pantalianostands out but Gina Gershon is quite good. This is a superb debut forthe Wachowski Brothers who went on to make the Matrix Trilogy (Part 1of which was quite good).What I didn't like was that the whole love thing between Tilly andGershon seems quite contrived. They have two brief "fingering sessions"and they're in love! Also, Tilly may be a good actress but I didn'tlike her. None of the characters is sympathetic but Caesar is so nastyand vicious he becomes a sort of anti-hero.The film is quite violent but there is very little in the way of sex soI'm surprised at the R rating.
and alot more. The Wachowski Brothers have a great film here that knows exactly what it is: great suspense, smart enough to make sense and a thrill a second joy ride. BOUND is an ultimate guilty pleasure, but for all the RIGHT reasons! Solid performances from Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly and John Ryan, in his best role since KOJAK ("Cop In A Cage" 1974). Tom Jones sings "She's A Lady"...RIGHT!!!
well. this film was something else. it takes a seemingly simple plot and adds a few twists. well, a lot of twists actually. the entire film toys with the idea of seduction and breaking the rules. a very potent combination. instead of the boring gangster story that one would expect, the lesbian couple twist adds to the dramatic build up and leaves the viewer astounded by the film's end. i hope that the directors of this film don't quit making films. they've certainly carved out a niche for themselves not only as independent filmmakers but also as innovators. it takes a lot of talent to successfully pull off what these two directors did. they have breathed life into a genre that is flooded with elaborate action sequences, bloody gunfights, and seething testosterone levels. highly recommended.
This review is from: Bound (DVD) It's a pretty fair action movie - a "stealing from the mob" plot, with claustrophic indoor settings. Suspense is good, despite and because of big fat clues in the very first scene. The balance of power tips back and forth at a pace that just increases to the very end.It has pretty characters, too. Violet is the trophy broad, all young curves, heels, and knit minidresses with hems high and necklines low. Corky, the wiry ex con, looks just as good in her cargo pants and sleeveless T-shirts. The movie's real claim to fame is a few brief scenes of hot snogging between these hot ladies early on. Jeez, what a way to get guy's attention. The mob film was pretty good, but those early scenes kept distracting me even an hour after they were over.The movie is mostly about suspense, with high-strung but not high-budget tension. It's pretty good in that respect even though my taste usually runs in other directions. What I'll remember is those few early minutes of Corky and Violet getting steamy on each other.//wiredweird
This movie is so hot and sexy you won't beable to take your eyes off the screen. And if you do take your eyes off it will be to go to the bedroom.
Not your run of the mill thriller, Bound grabs you from the moment it starts and pulls you along to the end, with both elements of suspense, seduction, and comedy as well. Gina and Jennifer make a fantastic team as a couple thrown into a torrid affair that pulls them into the middle of mobster money. A must see for fans of the genre or of either Gina or Jennifer. END
Debut film from sibling writing-directing team of Andy and LarryWachowski is flashy nonsense involving a lesbian mechanic who becomespartners (and lovers) with a gangster's girl in ripping off two milliondollars from the mob. The central relationship is interesting andbelievable despite the uneven performances by the two leadingactresses. Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon each need a few scenes tolet their characters sink in (this is particularly true of Tilly as themodern-day moll, who struggles a bit; Gershon, who really does looklike a tough auto buff, tends to just plow forward). The arty directiongets carried away with flash-forwards that make no sense, while thescreenplay allows too many potentially strong scenes to happenoff-camera. Still, there are amusing moments of suspense, pulpdialogue, B-movie atmospherics and plotting, all leading to a terrificfinale. **1/2 from ****
If you like your movies with outstanding acting, an intelligent story, somewonderfully tense situations, and an original style, then this movie is foryou. It didn't take long for this film to get going, and the momentumneverlets up. Gershon and Tilly make a terrific team, yet somehow, Pantolianowas probably even better. He was so great, I actually liked his characterthe best. This is a stellar directorial debut for the Wachowski brothers,and it is a must-see for anyone who can appreciate greatcinema.
At first impression, 'Bound' was a slightly predictable, almostunintentionally humorous sexual fantasy of the pre-Matrix Wachowskibrothers. But the arrangement of characters, the story, and itssettings were not as obvious as I had originally supposed and actually,what was unveiled was a rather artful (though I might not say clever)thriller that both exceeded expectations and defied some overusedconventions (particularly the standard double-crossing females anddouble-crossing protagonist team in the finale).This modern noir, though riddled with idiotic stereotypes in an attemptto define characters, is actually cleverly displayed in art direction,dialog, and various interaction among the characters and with theaudience. Simple, but excellent. This is mostly the story of threecharacters motivated by what else, but greed. Corky (Gina Gershon)plays the by-the-book ex-con lesbian. A mastermind thief (or at least,so we're told), she becomes quietly sexually involved with seductiveand somewhat mysterious Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who lives next door tothe apartment in which Corky is working to repair. Violet lives with awry gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), to whom she serves as a paidcompanion (i.e. personal prostitute services). Violet wants to move onand leave "the business," but there's no easy way out. Once you're in,you're in for good, as it usually goes.When Caesar threatens to kill her if she left him, she finds a windowof opportunity, one involving a load of cash and a possible safegetaway which Corky helps her plan. They expect their plan, whichexploits mistrust among the gangsters, to go well. But instead, thingsget blown wide open and Violet and Corky are left to fend forthemselves as things gradually fall apart. Once the plan falls intoaction, the movie really starts to pick up as the artful thrillerbegins to unfold. There are moments of hesitancy and moments where itis hard to believe much emergency in the situation the way thecharacters slowly react or fail to use the obvious course of action toavenge the other or save themselves. But all in all, this is such asimply, well-done thriller.Recommended.
This is probably the worst movie I've ever seen. EVER. And that's prettybad. For some reason the lesbian community adores it, because we are sodesperate to see ourselves in some kind of mainstream media that it doesn'tmatter of the quality. Still, that's no excuse for such a lackluster movie.The plot is boring and predictable - there are plenty of better crimestories. The plot is only there for filler, as the main attraction isseeinglesbian sex. But these actresses aren't even gay, and there's nothing moreunappealing than seeing straight women try to have lesbian sex. If I wantedthat, I would've rented one of those cheesy lesbian pornos made for men.Jennifer Tilly is reasonably attractive, but her pseudo sex kitten, wannabeMarilyn Monroe act gets old fast. > It makes me sad to see lesbians cling proudly to this piece oftripe because there aren't many other dyke-oriented movies. Shows how farlesbian cinema really has to go.
When this was in the theater I took several friends to see it and didn't tell them the plot just to see their reaction. Lesbianism aside visually this is an excellent movie,extremely artistic. The W brothers are brilliant and don't get the accolades they deserve. Any fan of good photography and direction should definately watch and enjoy.
Okay, I loved the movie. It was so many things at once. Funny, suspensful, sexy, clever, etc. But so many other reviews go into detail about all that. I'd rather talk about the audio commentary by the directors and stars of Bound.I've recently fallen in love with dvd technology because of all those wonderful special features, and I find myself, while reading amazon reviews, wishing people would talk more about the special features included on dvds. So without much further ado...The Bound DVD... has no deleted scenes (which is a pity) but it does have either one or two trailers (I forget presently) and the reason to purchase this dvd is for the audio commentary by the directors and stars of the movie. They explain much of the cut footage and they give the story behind the story in many scenes.The audio commentary turns especially entertaining when Jennifer Tilly shows up and rambles on in her Jennifer Tilly way about the movie. Then Gina Gershon shows up, and the banter among the men and women is so delightfully entertaining. They tease Joey P about wanting to drop the towel so he'd be naked in the movie. Jennifer T. talks about how her open mouth won her a oscar nomination in Bullets Over Broadway. They talk about injuries on the set, and all in all, I just love these actors and directors. Especially Jennifer T. I never really liked her before listening to the audio commentary to this movie, but I swear I just wanna crawl in bed with her myself, and I'm not even gay. She's just too funny. You can tell, they really had fun making this movie.The movie, of course, is wonderful. But the DVD is even better.
I bought this on video recently, simply out of curiosity! Both JenniferTilly and Gina Gershon played their parts wonderfully, the plot wasbrilliant and captivating too. Being heterosexual,I detest "gay" films,butbasically the lesbian theme was O.K.I can somehow imagine this occuring in real life. So keep an eye on themedia!!
Kind of like Martin Scorsese with lingerie. Ok, not a pretty image, I admit, but it sort of describes this movie! Although Marty didn't direct, Bound follows gangster movie themes which remind me of some his films, at least up to a point. There are plot twists aplenty here as the two heroines play out their plan to steal $2 million from the mob. It's also good to see two central characters who are gay, shown in such a positive (and sexy) way. Great acting from all concerned, and the movie manages to create a hugely enjoyable mix of bloody gangland stuff with humour and satire. You won't know how it's going to end and you won't want it to end. Superb.
From the makers of _The Matrix_, here is evidence that gangster noir is alive and kicking in the trunk of American cinema's Cadillac. The acting is uniformly great, the thrills are intense. _Bound_ has an impressive number of completely unexpected, perfectly timed moments of tension. The cinematography is excellent.
It was raining here in Holland last week, so I went to the rent-a-video,andsaw a box with the name Jennifer Tilly. A few months ago here in Holland inthe cinemas played a Dutch movie(Do Not Disturb) with Jennifer in theleading role, and I liked here so I decided on that base to rent the video,not with too much to expect, but worth a raining afternoon....what I sawwasincredible!!! From the beginning till the end I was sitting on the point ofmy seat, my fingernails didn't servive it till the end and my heartbeatwentto a 200 beats a minute, by seeing this movie!!! WAUW!!!! This is a reallymust see, so if you do not have seen this movie so far, ran to thevideostore, and BUY this film, youre videorecorder DOES NOT GIVE BACK thisvideotape!!!! EXCELLENT!!!!
"The Matrix" is quite a good movie, but its writer-directors shine muchmorebrightly in 1996's "Bound," one of the decade's smartest and mostinteresting-looking films. Surely one of the more unique "mob" movies inexistence, "Bound" is chock full of characters who get themselves in andoutof impossible situations with quick thinking that never strainscredibility.One of the most smartly- and tensely-plotted movies I've seen, "Bound"alsofeatures the Wachowski brothers' unique artistic "look," includingcamerawork that anticipates the freeze-and-rotate of "The Matrix" (firstseen in those Gap ads).All "Matrix" fans should check out this brilliant precursor, whichfeaturesbetter work by Matrix villain Joe Pantoliano, as the beleagured gangsterwhogets framed by his girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) and her lover (GinaGershon)as he's trying to clean $2.2 million in blood-stained bills. The filmtakesunpredictable twists that keep it an edge-of-your-seater throughout, andTilly and Pantoliano, particularly, are brilliant.Is almost as groundbreaking (if woefully underseen) a film aboutunderworldtypes as "Pulp Fiction," and just as smart.
An impressive debut from the Wachowski brothers, this movie has managed tocombine various genres successfully.The underlying theme of the movie is a love story. The twist here is thatit involves two lesbians. Tilly and Gershon pull it off wonderfully andarevery believable in these roles--this contains the steamiest, mostrealisticpassion I've seen between lesbians on the screen.There are so many other elements to the movie that it's often easy toforgetit's really about the trust developing between the female characters.Pantoliano is a superb actor at his best here--it takes a talented actortobe able to roll with all the plot twists here. As his character is thrownfrom one desperate situation to another, Pantoliano manages to maintainbelievability and likeability.Amidst all the chaos and romance, the Wachowski's throw in plenty of darkcomedy. While we are kept in suspense throughout, we also find ourselveschuckling as these characters reveal their quirky ways of handling thesituations.I had caught bits and pieces of this at various times on the moviechannelsbut finally decided to rent it and watch it from beginning to end. I'mgladI did--the writing, directing, acting, and cinematography are all firstratethroughout.