Natural Born Killers is arguably the most controversial & critically acclaimed film of the 1990's. Quentin Tarantino's dark, perverse & mesmerising sceenplay of Mickey (Woody Harrelson) & Mallory's (Juliette Lewis) brutal killing sprees across America shocked and entertained alike.Previously banned & eagerly awaited, this uncut version of Oliver Stone's directorial vision contains the scenes that were previously deemed too shocking for the UK. Get to see Wayne Gale's (Robert Downey Jr) hand wound, Warden Jones' (Tommy Lee Jones) dismembered head & Denis Leary's previously cut performance.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
|Tagline:||The media made them superstars.|
|Genres:||Crime | Drama | Romance|
|Released:||26 August 1994 (USA)|
- A brilliant original story by Quentin Tarantino, although heavily revised by Oliver Stone (and friends), this movie shocked the world, notorious for its violent content, it was named the 8th most controversial movie of all time (by Entertainment Weekly). But behind the deliberate shock & awe violence is some of the most meaningful and powerful dialogue ever written, sending out a clear message of how the American media influences their society.
- Natural Born Killers was promoted with the tagline: "A bold new film that takes a look at a country seduced by fame, obsessed by crime and consumed by the media". As Oliver Stone probably expects with most of his films, the critics and media mostly don't like his controversial views and portrayals of the America culture and society. But perhaps one of the most valued critics: Roger Ebert, (a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times) gave the movie four stars out of four and wrote, "Seeing this movie once is not enough. The first time is for the visceral experience, the second time is for the meaning". We totally agree.
- Woody Harrelson & Juliette Harris (only 21 in this movie) are both brilliant in their roles as Mickey & Mallory Knox. As are Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones. Infact everyone just nails it in this movie.
- You simply have to applaud the style of this film. The mix between colour / black & white / grainy / tilted angle shots. The subtle projections (e.g. "too much T.V." on Mickey's chest in the Indian hut), the frequent flashbacks to Mickey & Mallory's childhood and nightmare demons. For the quality of this film as a film, it truely is 10 out of 10. Surely if it wasn't so controversial, Oliver Stone would have had an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
Mickey and Mallory know the difference between right and wrong; they just don't give a damn.
You know, the only thing that kills the demon... is love.
I do. 'Til you and I die, and die, and die again. 'Til death do us part.