(R, 1:35:49, Released 1994)
|Genres:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Release Date:||Aug 31, 1994|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 15, 2000|
|Starring:||Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gary Kemp, Bruce Ramsay, Kario Salem, Tai Thai, Salvator Xuereb, Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi, Cecilia Peck|
|Directed by:||Roger Avary|
|Synopsis:||An American ex-con gets caught up in a Parisian bank heist that goes wrong in this ultra-violent thriller. Zed (Eric Stoltz), a safe-cracking expert fresh out of prison, travels to France to participate in a robbery planned by his friend Eric (Jean-Hughes Anglade). But first, Zed decides to indulge in some relaxation with a gorgeous, kind-hearted prostitute by the name of Zoe (Julie Delpy). This idyll, however, is interrupted by Eric, who leads Zed and the other criminals on a long night of drinking, drugging, and debauchery. The next day, the thieves find themselves hung over and exhausted, and the plan soon goes disastrously wrong, turning into a hostage situation. Even worse for Zed, he discovers that the lovely Zoe also works as a teller at the bank, forcing him into a tricky moral dilemma. Writer and director Roger Avary, best known as the co-screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, creates a similar combination of black comedy, extreme violence, and hip attitude. Critics of Quentin Tarantino's films raised similar objections to Avary's reliance on bloody violence and a detached sensibility, while the film's fans acclaimed its fast-paced action. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi|
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December 5, 2009
Roger Avery's completely subtle masterpiece of a bank heist epic. The story is incredibly well crafted and eccentric, without having any of Tarantino's stink all over it (which ruined Pulp Fiction for me). The filming style is quite original, but also homages classics like Dog Day Afternoon. The acting was extremely above average for a low budget, including one of Eric Stoltz's best performances.
September 29, 2009
Nothing original here. A good cast wasted (No pun intended). Has Roger Avary even been to Paris?
August 16, 2009
A thoroughly entertaining and stylish B-movie heist caper, but the balance between pros and cons isn't quite equal enough to warrant a strong recommendation.
June 13, 2009
Directed by Roger Avery, Produced by Quentin Tarantino, amidst the height of the 90?s Cult drug fuelled storylines, topped with violent criminals and a chaotic bank robbery.
Some pretty good camera shot interpretations and probably the role Eric Stoltz is best known for (apart from his smaller role in Pulp Fiction that is).
Certainly not flawless and perhaps the one that has dated more than some of the other within this genre and era, but one woth watching.
April 17, 2009
Pretty fun bank-robbery-gone-wrong film. Nothing new to the genera, but very entertaining. The main villian Eric was a pretty terrible person, which makes for a great antagonist. Moral of the story?: Be nice to prostitutes, because they may save your life in a hostile situtation.
February 25, 2007
A stylistic departure from the typical Quentin Tarantino veuvre, this thriller film foregoes the smartarse hijinx and violence of True Romance and Pulp Fiction for a more understand, but no less violent, arthouse visual style.
December 5, 2006
A really cool movie, but it kind of loses a little something for me every time I see it.
December 5, 2006
One of a host of Tarantino imitators that appeared in the feeding frenzy after the success of Reservoir Dogs, this is not the best or the worst. Decent heist movie with a lacklustre cast and slightly irritating gimmicky camera work. OK
July 9, 2010
Tarantino has no middle ground. He writes brilliantly or he writes shit. This was clearly an early draft for Reservoir Dogs that should have been deleted and forgotten and thrown away. It's nothing more than drug-abuse and a bank robbery. The titular "Zoe" is never in any danger at all and I found it hard to believe they fell in love after one shag.
Imagine the bank robbery at the start of The Dark Knight, drag that out to what feels like three hours, then have everyone over act. It wants to be cool, but it fails miserably.
October 13, 2006
This flick would have been fairly boring if it wasn't for a great performance by Jean-Hugues Anglade. In my opinion he made the movie with his amazing ability to act completely crazy and yet pull it off so it didn't seem over-the-top or ridiculous. His charisma was mezmerizing, and I think that he definitely stole the whole movie. Although it is quite a clever heist film (the masks were a nice touch) with pretty cool cinematography, it wouldn't have been nearly ast entertaining without Jean.
June 1, 2011
This is one of my favs. It was made during the pinnacle (IMO) of quality independent cinema in the early nineties.
April 6, 2011
The blood, remember the blood. It is not just the heisters who carry pathologies, but the pathogens and other such things in all the blood splashed around. It adds an extra dimension to this flik that really turns it up a couple of notches and makes it even more worth seeing. Especially potent when it first came out, btw.
November 21, 2010
This came out around the same time as pulp fiction, and happened to be foriegn. This is a very good and overlooked film that would appeal to Quentin Tarntino fans.
September 1, 2009
I was expecting a bit more from this based on Roger Avary's other work. Some parts were good, but others were just humdrum. The music helped keep pace with the action. I thought this movie was more widely seen than what the number of reviews here indicates.
August 31, 2008
Didn't really know anything about this movie till Netflix recommended it. Believe it or not, I didn't know that Quentin Tarantino or Lawrence Bender had anything to do with it. I am a big Eric Stoltz fan and was glad to finally see him in another lead role. From what I've read, he purposly stays out of mainstream films and chooses indie films because they are more interesting. I think that is a big waste of his talent. Just means that you have to look harder for movies he is in. I thought it would be a splatfest but it was mixed with great plot and decent acting. Jean-Hugues Anglade is very talented in this pic. He plays the downward spiraling maniac right non the money. The rest of the cast is mostly unknown but their talents fit the film nicely. I was pleased with this movie but don't see myself watching it too many more times. It's a bit dated and I had always seen it here and there but never got to see it. I would rent before I buy on this one. Nice story and decent talent.
August 19, 2008
ok story line, but drawn out in parts so badly you want to stop watching. worth watching once, if you can sit through it.
June 11, 2008
I found a perverse pleasure in watching this as a free download from Hulu, sponsored by the Air Force of all things. Imagine a scene in a scuzzy underground Paris bar, where the nihilistic bank robber sociopath Eric has just snorted heroin with his friends and extolled the virtues of bombing local cafes, and then cutting to an advert featuring U.S. military drones that keep the free world safe from terrorists. When NBC & Fox (the owneers of Hulu.com) sold this ad time, did they tell the Air Force what a subversive piece of art cinema they'd be supporting?
Eric Stoltz plays the milquetoast safecracker who goes along with whatever ringleader Eric says and does. He's willing to forgive reckless behavior, copious drug-taking, sadism, and even murder, but he finally takes a stand to defend his new love Zoe.
Writer/director Avary's direction is terrific fun, as are the dialogue and acting. I hadn't seen this movie since college, and I remember now how my friends and I loved quoting some of the film's more outrageous lines.
One final comment about Hulu.com. I love the concept, but the technology isn't there yet. The frame rate is way too choppy, especially in scenes where the camera is moving.
August 31, 2007
One of my favorites of the violent Tarantino style movies. Could have used more humor. Finally picked up the DVD.
July 10, 2007
Some parts are great but it's ultimately flawed. I wonder if that's a sign of Roger Avary not really being all he's cracked up to being? :>
July 8, 2007
A twisted, and twisting story of bank robbery in France. The acting is dark and edgy, and the action is brutally realistic.
May 13, 2007
Hypnotic and hallucinatory crime caper flick with a low key Eric Stoltz and a sultry Julie Delpy. It's slow going until the final act inside the bank, which turns things up a notch and features the quickest cameo ever by none other than Ron Jeremy...
April 21, 2007
Director Roger Avary's best film to date. Killing Zoe is a cult classic that few have had the pleasure to view. A must see & must own film!
February 6, 2007
Roger Avary Delivers A Pure Cult Sensation. Wild Entertainment That Is Both A Dazzling And Electrifying Film Experience From An Inventive FilmMaker.
February 6, 2007
A Pure Cult Sensation. Wildly Entertaining And Highly Controversial. Roger Avary Is An Inventive FilmMaker.
February 5, 2007
I'm not sure how I missed this when it first came out, but this movie is a trippy, wild ride through the streets of France. I won't say too much, but by the end, you know why the movie has that title, and it is very disturbing, to say the least.