Movie Review - Bound
Film bound to create some strong feelings

BY MARGARET A. McGURK
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bound Bound is one of those movies you love or hate. For me, it was both. I pretty much hated it for the first 20 minutes or so, although it won me over by the closing scene.

A highly stylized crime caper shot in stark tones of gray and black with blood-red accents, it is built around the relationship between gangster's moll Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon), a lesbian ex-con repair woman with whom Violet has a steamy affair.

The two hatch a plot to relieve Violet's ruthless boyfriend Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano) of a couple of million mob dollars to finance a new life together.

Things go wrong, natch, and the two women must do some frantic improvising as they try to escape discovery and execution by Ceasar and his bloodthirsty mafiosi pals.

A tangy complication is added by the fact that Violet and Corky each halfway doubts the other's loyalty.

The action unfolds almost entirely within the walls of Violet's apartment and the vacant space next door where Corky is working.

Brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski -- who co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced -- achieve a nicely wound sense of claustrophobia in the limited space, although their fondness for strange angles (not to mention that color scheme) grows annoying.

The three principal cast members carry the day, though, with good, strong performances. All three of these actors know how to keep some secrets about their characters, and that keeps the suspense pulled tight until the final moments.

MOVIE REVIEW
Bound
***
(R; sexuality, language, gory violence) Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano. 108 minutes. At The Movies.