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Vampire mayhemand acting make Dusk great fun

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Written by Quentin Tarantino.

Starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.

Sony Fresh Pond

By Daniel Ramirez
Staff Reporter

Seth and Richard Gecko (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) are on the run. After Richard springs Seth in a daylight jailbreak and they commit a daring bank robbery, the notorious Gecko Brothers are making a run for Mexico, where they can find sanctuary in El Rey for a cut of their money. Their only problem is slipping across the border without being caught.

Enter the Fuller family: Jacob (Harvey Keitel), a minister who has lost his fate and his children, the vulnerable teenage Kate (Juliette Lewis), and her younger brother Scott (Ernest Liu) are on a trip to Mexico in their new RV - a perfect ruse for the Gecko Brothers to use to slip past the border patrol. The brothers kidnap the Fullers and high-tail it to freedom with the promise to let the family go once they cross the border and make it to the rendezvous.

This rendezvous is a wild strip bar, open from dusk until dawn. The night is full of seductive promise as the group settles back to wait for their Mexican connections. But unbeknownst to the brothers or their hostage, the management and staff of this particular establishment have a taste for blood - in the vampire sense. What follows makes the Gecko Brothers look like choir boys - and now everyone will be counting on the baddest boys in America to step up to the plate and save the day.

From Dusk Till Dawn is the new film from director Robert Rodriguez and writer Quentin Tarantino. Rodriguez blends his extraordinary visual style with the cool heroes, smart dialogue, and hip sensibility of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Quentin Tarantino to transform a genre of which they are both lifelong fans. From Dusk Till Dawn is an exhilarating roller coaster ride that has the audience laughing at one moment and gasping for air the next. It's fast paced, action filled, and is an all-around trip to watch. Following up Desperado, Rodriguez has done it again.

Bringing back the days of drive-in horror flicks, Rodriguez has put together a cast of A-list talent to aid him in his journey. Clooney is brilliant as Seth. Clooney is a strong character and doesn't need to prove it to anyone; his presence alone is good enough. Tarantino, as brother Richard, is another brilliant casting call. Tarantino creates a guy that is capable of doing the worst, but his unpredictability keeps the audience guessing his next move. As Jacob, Harvey Keitel plays against expectation and looks like he might have been a criminal himself.

Salma Hayek, who starred opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado, stars as Santanico Pandemonium, the Queen of the Vampires. Inspired by the image of an Aztec goddess, Hayek delivers a memorable dance with a six foot long albino Burmese python. On the comedic side of the movie, Cheech Marin portrays three characters and brings some of the funniest moments of the movie along with him.

One note: This movie is not for the weak of heart. In the tradition of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, From Dusk Till Dawn is a graphically violent film. It's is what a movie should be - a form of entertainment, something you go and see in order to have fun. If you need a break from the beginning of the term or just want to have some fun, this movie is definitely for you.