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Corky (Gina Gershon) is an ex-con hired to remodel an apartment next door to Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano), who launders money for the Mafia. His girlfriend, Violet (Jennifer Tilly), is instantly attracted to Corky and they begin a torrid love affair. After Ceasar and other Mafiosi torture and kill a man who was stealing money from them, Violet tells Corky she wants to break up from that relationship. Corky discovers that Ceasar has two million dollars in his apartment, and that the head of the Mafia family, will pick up the money along with his son, Johnny. She devises a plan to steal the money and set up Ceasar for the fall. Things get really tense when Mafioso Mickey (John Ryan) comes looking for his missing boss.

Review by Louise Keller:
Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly are unforgettable as Violet and Corky in Larry and Andy Wachowsky's 1996 directing debut, Bound. Made three years before The Matrix, the film is stylish - as if the Wachowskies combined their own sensibilities with that of the Cohen brothers and Quentin Tarantino, resulting in the kind of hip humour that is wickedly, knowingly edgy and surprising. But there is drama aplenty, too, and there is no doubting the attraction between the two women as they eye each other at first meeting in the lift. Theirs is a partnership as complex as that of Thelma & Louise, with the added element of sex.

Like a stiletto blade, this film cuts through the thriller genre to expose its black innards and flip them on the groovy train. Pretty well everything is black - from Aussie costume designer Lizzie Gardiner's wardrobe - stockings, tattoos, leather jackets, little black dresses, T-shirts - to some cracker lines: after handing a thug a towel to mop up tortured, bloodied Shelly, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano) says defensively to an upset Violet: 'I didn't give him a GOOD towel...'

Tight camerawork keeps us close to the action while Don Davis' orchestral music enhances the suspense. Best part about it is we don't know where the story's headed. Exploitation at its finest and it's bound to get a reaction.

Published August 10, 2006

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(US, 1996)

CAST: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John Ryan, Christopher Meloni, Richard Sarafian

DIRECTOR: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski

SCRIPT: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes


SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast commentary, subtitles for the hearing impaired


DVD RELEASE: August 10, 2006

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