Bound
(1996)











Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 1 Hour and 49 Minutes


Reviewer: Jones
Grade: A

You ever heard of a couple of guys known as the Wachowski brothers? If you haven't, I'm sure that you have heard of one of their movies. It's this little film called "The Matrix". Came out a couple years ago. Involved people being used for energy. Yeah, you know the one I'm talking about. Well it just so happens that these guys made a movie before "The Matrix" that is a bit more restrained and finely crafted. It's called "Bound" and it will make you forget all about that other movie of theirs. What was it called again?

"Bound" primarily takes place in an apartment building. Actually about 80 to 90 percent of the film takes place within two apartments. One of the apartments belongs to Corky (Gina Gershon) and the other belongs to Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano). Corky has just been released from prison after doing five years for “redistribution of wealth”, which is what she prefers to call it anyway. She has been hired on in the building to do odd jobs, such as plumbing, etc. She bumps into Violet and Ceasar almost immediately. Violet takes an interest in Corky and is soon at her door with a cup of coffee in hand. Violet eventually sets up a ruse to lure Corky into her apartment. To “unclog” her drain of all things. It eventually leads to some lesbian action between the two, which is this film’s lone claim to whatever limited fame it may have. Turns out Ceasar’s involved with the mob and is going to have somewhere in the neighborhood of two million dollars at the apartment within a few days. Violet wants to leave him, but she also has her eye on the money. She goes to Corky and proposes a partnership in more ways than one. What follows is an inspired heist that hits about every snag imaginable. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as the story takes you in directions you never thought possible at the outset.

The actors all give fine performances. They have a very lived in feel to them. Much when you enter a house and see shoes in the hallway, newspapers lying about in the living room, and the toilet seat up in the bathroom. You know people live there. Real people. The sort you might bump into on the street. That’s the feel that these three principal characters have. They actually have the feel of living, breathing human beings. Something that is not often found in films nowadays. Granted they aren’t the sort of people I would want to bump into on the street, but they are that type of person just the same. Well, I guess I wouldn’t mind bumping into either of the lesbians.......

Yeah, I know. I’m a pig. I will never be looked at the same again. The truth can sometimes be a difficult thing to restrain. Besides, come on guys. Like you haven’t had wild fantasies about lesbians at some point in your life. For the ladies out there: If a guy says he hasn’t had these sorts of thoughts before, your bullshit meter should be going off like you’re at the running of the bulls in Madrid.

I guess I digressed a bit there, but I felt it was worth mentioning given the subject matter of the film. The film has lesbians, and a great scene involving them doing their thing (actually two scenes!). Now "Bound" does have more to offer than just that. It even involves a pretty cool scene involving a toilet. Not quite as chilling as the one in “The Conversation”, but cool anyway. Any time you can use a toilet to further the plot of your film in an intelligent manner, I am all for it. Plus you’ve got Gina Gershon using one of the “snake” things to unclog a bathtub. That is something that needs to be seen at least once in one’s life.

So, if lesbians, an intriguing toilet, stealing from the mafia, and Gina Gershon unclogging a tub with one of those “snake” things sounds like your idea of a good time, you should check out “Bound”. To be quite honest I don’t see how plot elements like those couldn’t interest person in at least some way, shape, or form.