The Horror Honeys: 'Bound': A Trust So Deep It Cuts Both Ways...

'Bound': A Trust So Deep It Cuts Both Ways...

A Revenge Honey Erotic Thriller November Review with Linnie

Bound (1996)

If you hear the words "erotic thriller" and one of the first films you think of isn't The Wachowski's Bound, then you are thoroughly missing out. Released in '96 at the tail end of the erotic thriller's heyday, Bound is easily one of the best films the genre has to offer. But more than that, Bound  is just a damn good movie, that features two fantastic leads, awesome villains, and some of the best sex scenes you'll ever see.

So join me, you sexy muffins, for Bound, a film that made an entire generation of women thoroughly question their sexuality.

The Story: Corky (Gina Gershon) is an ex-con plumber, hired to work in an apartment building that is heavily populated by the mob. Violet (Jennifer Tilly) is a old-fashioned gangster's mol, trapped in a relationship with small time money man Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). Corky and Violet begin a relationship, and decide to steal the $2 million that Caesar is holding on to for a mob boss and his psychotic son (a 90s Chris Meloni... oh yeah). But is Caesar as stupid as Violet and Corky think he is? And what are the two women willing to do to be together?

This movie ignited my heteroflexibility. Thanks Wachowskis!
Outside of the fabulous sex scenes, and the sex scenes are fabulous (Tilly and Gershon have a chemistry that is fucking contagious), Bound is just a beautiful and fully immersive crime caper. Before The Matrix, before Cloud Atlas, before Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis knew how to apply their singular style in more measured and delicate ways. Slow motion and elegantly spreading blood are used perfectly, and sparsely. It's as if Bound is the movie where they discovered they were good at something, did it perfectly, then starting running around like little kids screaming, "LETSDOTHISFOREVERSOMUCHFUNALLTHETHINGS!"

You like blood? It's got blood!
But as engaging and beautiful as Bound is, it's also remarkable for the way in which it treats Violet and Corky's relationship as just a forgone conclusion. The women experience an instant attraction, but it's more than just lust. They are two people with fucked up pasts who find comfort in one another. Sure, Caesar says some shitty, homophobic things about Corky, but his reaction isn't outside the realm of reality, especially when it comes to the decade in question. No; what makes Bound a film that seems ageless is that the Wachowskis don't treat Violet and Corky like two women in love. They're just two people in love, and they'll do anything to protect one another.



Heart squish.
Throughout Erotic Thriller month, we are going to be working on a far more stringent rating scale than usual. That means that if I REALLY like a film, it will probably get a three star rating. If I love a film, four stars. If I want to take a movie behind the middle school and get it pregnant, that's a five star rating right there. So with that in mind, Bound gets:

Erotic Thriller Rating: 5 EPICALLY dropped panties out of 5

Bound is available via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Google Play, & 
blu-ray/DVD

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