I like the moment when the veins pop out on Ordell’s forehead. It’s a quiet moment in the front seat of a van, he’s sitting there next to Louis, he’s just heard that he’s lost his retirement fund of $500,000, and he’s thinking hard. Quentin Tarantino lets him think. Just holds the shot, nothing happening. Then Ordell looks up and says,
It's Jackie Brown.'' He's absolutely right. She's stolen his money. In the movies people like him hardly ever need to think. The director has done all their thinking for them. One of the pleasures ofJackie Brown,’’ Tarantino’s new film, based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, is that everybody in the movie is smart. Whoever is smartest will live.