This is a chix flick. Meaning there are two of them and they are hot. Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Corky (Gina Gershon) ignite the screen in what could only be called a "lesbian noir."
Released in 1996, "Bound" on DVD is unrated. It was written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski, (of Matrix fame!) and I must say they have perfected the art of cinematic light. The transfer, in my humble opinion, is fantastic. The resolution is high, with rich blacks and staturated colors. The sets have a 1940s, art deco feel, but we are constantly reminded this is a current story, as modern motif's and appliances slip into scenes. And while the first half of the film may seem slightly slow, the second half busts out like a cork from a champagne bottle.
Corky is out of prison, and given a job as an apartment super. Her apartment is next to a mobster named Caesar, (Joe Pantoliano) and his girlfriend Violet. As the two immediately develop chemistry while eyeballing each other on the elevator, it takes the two passionate sex scenes, almost one right after another, to fully understand the relationship they have with their own lives, destiny and each other. And it is here, after the sex, that we can see how they are meant for each other, but bound to the dangerous world of men and violence.
This film works on so many levels. It is a tribute to the great gangster noirs of the 1940s to 1950s. It is a film about love and trust, and the unique bond women form when they are abused by men. And it is about the never ending quest for happiness and wealth, and what people will do to each other to get it.