From Dusk Till Dawn movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It starts off as a crime movie, but soon develops into an action-packed vampire thriller with lots of laughs. It feels like there’s two movies mixed into one, leaving From Dusk Till Dawn with mixed opinions.


On the run from the Texas police, two criminal brothers and their kidnapped hostages seek temporary sanctuary in a Mexican bar. But things soon take a turn when they discover that the bar is inhabited by bloodthirsty vampires.

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Movie details

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Ernest Liu, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date (Australia): 18 April 1996
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Country: USA
Language: English, Spanish

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong crime and supernatural themes, including people being held hostage by two thieves and action sequences involving people and vampires. There are also several graphic depictions of people being bitten by vampires.

Violence (R18+)

The film features depictions of people being attacked and bitten by vampires, in addition to people and vampires being stabbed, shot, impaled, blown up and torn apart, accompanied by large gory blood sprays and blood detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features frequent and aggressive use of the word “f**k”, in addition to multiple uses of the words “p***y”, “s**t”, “t*tty”, “ass” and “son of a bitch”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains a verbal reference to drug use.

Nudity (M)

The film contains lengthy sequences depicting female breasts nudity in a strip club.

Sex (MA15+)

The film features frequent strong verbal sexual references to genitalia, prostitution and sexual acts.

mpaa rating

R (for strong violence and gore, language and nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

For new filmmakers learning how to pair two movies together, From Dusk Till Dawn is the perfect example of how the storylines should be connected and switched. It’s a crime/horror action movie that’s extremely entertaining, very fast-paced and wildly fun with an excellent cast, so it would probably be viewed as pollution to make an addition to the category of masterpiece movies with a popcorn-fun joyride that chooses to go absolutely berserk in the face of logical realism.

The first half of the movie is truly an expert; it’s nothing short of the word “perfect”. Two criminal brothers, played by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, kidnap a father, his daughter and son and hold them hostage whilst forcing them to get them across the boarder of Mexico to a strip club/bar. The light signalling the horror genre then shortly switches on as this group of diverting characters discover that the place is inhabited by bloodthirsty vampires.

When you’re not focused on how shocking and quick the switch between the storylines was, From Dusk Till Dawn is a movie you’ll enjoy for its gore, humour, badass characters, vampire stereotypes and screenwriting. The dialogue in this film is absolutely fantastic; it seems that every line only significantly increases the excitement of the film’s circumstances, and there’s tons of jokes as well. Both halves of the film, including of the crime/hostage half and the vampire-fighting half, are both very enjoyable and never get boring. The cast would definitely have to be the best thing about this film though, because each character is so damn cool! Unfortunately, that isn’t to say that this movie doesn’t suffer from one missed opportunity, which is that it lacks a character’s inner journey throughout the narrative arc, because none of the surviving characters are changed by the experience, even though it kind of lead us to believe otherwise for a while.

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