From Dusk Till Dawn

By Brett Mullins

Released: 1996

Directed by Robert Rodriguez; Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino

From Dusk Till Dawn can best be described as a double feature. The first hour is a graphic crime drama about two criminals commandeering an RV and holding its occupants hostage as they head for the Mexican border. Near an hour of runtime, the film’s story and pacing changes abruptly and becomes a grindhouse splatter film of sorts.

Under normal circumstances, such a cinematic maneuver would result in a film crashing into the ground leaving the audience to suffer through the second half. This film, however, combines the excellent dialogue and screenplay from Quentin Tarantino with the quirky and stylistic direction of Robert Rodriguez to produce a film that is somewhat liked by most audiences, but is truly unique.

From the beginning, we meet Seth and Richard Gecko, two bank robbers on the lam. Seth (George Clooney) is the level headed leader of the duo, while is brother Richard (Quentin Tarantino) is reserved, but displays the occasional psychotic tendency. The onscreen combination of Clooney and Tarantino is nothing short of amazing and led me to wonder why the two did not appear together more often.

The most common reaction to this film is that the ball was dropped on the second half as the majority of audiences do not subscribe to splatter genre. If one takes a bit to consider what this film accomplished, in terms of crossing genres, it’s difficult not to appreciate this film in some capacity.

Rating: 6/10

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