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An American safe cracker is summoned to Paris by a childhood buddy to help pull off a "can't fail" Bastille day bank robbery, but their dream of easy money quickly becomes a nightmare as his drug crazed friend looses control of the heist-and his mind-leading to a violent blood bath in the tradition of Reservoir Dogs.
From the Creators of Pulp Fiction and True Romance.
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Avary proved in his first outing that he could direct and write a credible film without the help of his friend Quentin Tarantino. Though the two director's styles are similar both are quite distinct. Avary uses an interesting color scheme to distinguish the three acts of his film: white in the opening scenes, blue in the middle and red for the robbery itself. Also of note is that the film was almost shot in Los Angeles as a substitute for Paris, a fact that Avary found interesting.
I viewed the standdard definition disc which was a pretty bare bones affair. Included were sone textual biographies, production notes and the release trailer.
I wish it was not advertised so closely to Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs because it's a totally different animal. It's a hardcore rush from start to end. Whereas, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction have slower paces and a totally different style. Reservoir Dogs plays out more like a play than a movie and both films bounce around in the timelines of the film. Killing Zoe on the other hand is a high-octane wild ride that makes itself clear from the start. Stoltz's character arrives in Paris, meets the hooker, then head out for a crazy night of heroin and debauchery with his psychotic friend. He dozes off and semi-wakes up to his French counterpart anal raping some other guy? Nuts.
From then on out the whole movie is in the bank and nothing but mayhem. It's frenzied and beautiful and when it's over you feel like you've just gotten a shot of adrenaline that'll take a little while to wear off. A one of a kind film that unfortunately got clumped together with the whole Tarentino hype. Now, I love Tarentino's films, but I think this one should get credit on it's own for being completely independent. Just like I feel True Romance should be more closely connected to Tarentino because, in my opinion, that is his best work.
There are also funny moments like the Billy Holiday albums, their night at the jazz club, the Viking movies and the little monkey. The movie is bizarre at times but its definitely unique.
All in all, its a great film that I watch over and over again.