They meet in an elevator and the connection is unmistakeable. Corky (Gina Gershon) is an ex-con trying to get back on her feet, Violet (Jennifer Tilly) is the trophy wife of mid-level gangster Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), and before we know it the two girls end up in bed together. And that’s just the start.
When Caesar comes home with $2 million in cash, Corky and Violet get together and come up with a plan to steal the money, cheat Caesar and the mafia, and getting away scot-free. It’s a good plan. Especially if it works.
The Wachowski brothers’ first directorial effort – and perhaps even their best work – opens with a classic film noir touch: A tantalizing flash-forward, where Gina Gershon lies bound and gagged in a closet, and you just know this is going to be good.
After this the film wastes no time establishing the explosive sexual attraction between the leads. Was there ever a more photogenic couple than Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon? Every move these two girls make, and every look they exchange oozes sex.
Using this salacious liaison, the film lures us into its gorgeously photographed noirish universe, only to pull a bait and switch, leave the sleazy, lesbian fantasy, and turn into a straight (no pun intended) suspense story in the second half. Here Joe Pantoliano takes center stage with an unforgettable tour-de-force performance, bringing the film to an undeniably satisfying climax. And yes, that pun was absolutely intended.
Audio & Video:
Dark or semi-dark scenes appear very rough, with blacks completely lacking definition. There’s a thick haze of noise over these shots, ranging from slightly annoying to almost offensive, depending on the lighting conditions. Well-lit scenes on the other hand are perfectly fine, but generally speaking the images simply lack a certain wow factor. How much of this can be blamed on the original cinematography – this was not a big budget film – is hard to tell, but either way the overall impression is that this transfer is both uneven and a bit ugly.
As for the soundtrack… Well, it’s there. Uneventful, but not problematic in any way. Except that it’s only presented in 2.0.
Nada. None. Zilch. The disc features both the unrated version (1:49:07) and the R-rated version of the film (1:48:53). There’s a button for each, plus a chapter selection button, and that’s IT. No subtitles, no audio options, not even a trailer.
In light of the directors’ recent output, the ginormous phenomenon that was The Matrix, and the controversy when Larry became Lana, it’s easy to forget how the Warshowskys first came to our attention. So give Bound a spin, and rediscover this thrilling, exquisitely staged, modern take on the film noir genre. Bogart would be proud. And probably also slightly disturbed by all the lesbian sex.
Extra Features: F