Harvey Keitel

Review: From Dusk Till Dawn (Carson’s View)

From Dusk Till Dawn is one of the most underrated movies of the ‘90s.  Robert Rodriguez brilliantly combines two ideas that each could have each been their own stand alone movie.  The first 2/3rds of the movie introduces us to Seth and Richard Gecko (Clooney and Tarantino). They are two brothers who are bank robbers and on the run from the Texas Rangers and the FBI.  They kidnap an ex-preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his family to help them get across the border into Mexico. The last third of the movie is where this this movie takes a very different twist into the horror genre.

 

This is by far the best George Clooney role that I have ever seen. He is excellent as Seth Gecko. The weird dynamic between the brothers is done very well.  For Tarantino being such a poor actor, he plays a sleazebag perfectly. I also cannot say enough good things about how Clooney and Keitel worked together in every scene. The entire movie could have just been those two in a room going back and forth at one another and I would have loved it. Salma is worth a full star rating bump up all on her own.

 

From Dusk Till Dawn is not a scary movie. It is not creepy. There are no “jump scares”. It will not give you nightmares or make you afraid to walk around your house in the dark. It is an action movie. This fits into the horror genre only due to subject matter.