Bound ★½

Bound is a stagey crime thriller with a mediocre plot, and directing and acting so mannered and broad they seem engineered for a live performance — however, stage writing often fuels this type of acting with rich subtext and meaning, which might explain why there are so few genre thrillers successfully produced as plays. It's a real clash of misjudged style and lack of substance. Both leads, Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, come off like 11 year old girls acting "tough" after watching a cheap film noir. Undoubtedly, the strong dose of lesbian content involving these two stars in the first act is central to Bound's reputation, but, pioneering social value aside, it's a gimmick that leaves no mark on the rest of this very unremarkable genre picture. I suppose I simply like my crime thrillers grittier, more realistic and less affected.

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