Pam Grier proves that there is life after
blaxploitation. One hell of a hot, hip, cool,
slick lady, Pam proves that moving on is not
just a trip along the conveyor belt of life or
even an L.A. airport. She's a mover on the run
when two not too sharp dudes in blue try to
hang a wrap on her that will cramp her style.
All she really wants to do is spend the time
she has left getting ready to arrange something
better for the times to come. Can anyone blame
her, considering the way the world treats us
all? Moving all that cash for dubious figures
from Mexico was not on her job description.
This is one stewardess (sorry, flight
attendant) flying high while no one is supposed
to notice. The stash with the cash was not
supposed to be there. It is and she's caught
between a rock and a hard place. But this is
one hell of a lady, as we said before. How do
you think she'll manage? Well, you just gotta
see it to find out.
Tarantino's world this time around shows
figures from an Elmore Leonard book which will
probably do for the 90's what noir did for our
forefathers. A cast led by Grier features one
eye-catching and audience consuming performance
after the next by Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget
Fonda, Robert de Niro, Michael Keaton, Michael
Bowen, Chris Tucker, Thomas "Tiny" Lister, and
a masterful return to the screen by Robert
Foster. And we ain't talkin' 'bout no cameos
Regarding the title role, Grier says, "Jackie
never gives up. She uses her wits to win, but
on her own terms with her own method, style,
and intelligence. She's not a good victim.
That's what I like about her, which I am not.
I'm not a good victim. I've had the will to
survive for twenty years in this business and
I've got the scars to show for it."
The Q.T. has proven to all doubting Thomases
that he's got what it takes to come up with the
goods when he's got a mind to. And isn't it
great to see talents around like Miss Grier and
Mr. Foster who've been missing from the high
profile lenses a little too long. So much
nicer to see BIG talent than molded plastic
derivatives that have been appearing of late in
some other films.
And now it's time for a cool, refreshing Rum
Punch, don't you think?
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