|Natural Born Killers|
Actors: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, Everett Quinton
Director: Oliver Stone
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Cult Movies, Mystery & Suspense
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K. K. (GAMER)
Reviewed on 4/24/2020...
This had alot of potential and I'm a big fan of Woody Harrelson but it seems to just fizzle out...
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 11/25/2011...
Natural Born Killers is a tour de force from director Oliver Stone that was written by Quentin Tarantino. If that sounds like a weird, volatile mix...well, you would be right! Juliette Lewis plays a young girl rescued from a life of molestation and beatings at the hands of her dad (played greasily by Rodney Dangerfield) by a meat delivery man (played by Woody Harrelson). Woody brutally murders her scummy dad, while she herself burns her apathetic mom in her bed for allowing the torment to go on. From there begins the mass murdering spree of Mickie and Mallory Knox. The first half of the film leeringly follows the evil couple as they carve a swath of destruction across the American southwest. They are finally brought to heel and end up in prison. Tommy Lee Jones plays the sleazy prison warden who allows reporter Robert Downey Jr. an interview with the couple. Tom Sizemore plays a scumbag, kinky cop who wants to kill the couple (but not before he can rape Mallory). If this sounds like a movie full of trash, you're hearing right. There are really no sympathetic characters in this film. If anything, Stone tries to lure you into feeling more sympathy toward the killers than the cops and media who are milking the system for all it's worth. The first half is a manic killing spree that Stone revels in, while the second half is an indictment of our system of worshipping serial killers and the media that creates and fuels them. In a way, it's a jarring switch. The first half is strangely fun (which at the time brought a lot of bad press, since so many young people fell in love with the psychotic duo), while the second half is tense and dark. On the one side, I can see the change of tone, but on the other, it kind of brings you out of the moment...not to mention makes the movie veeeeery long. But, all-in-all, this is a must-see movie, especially for fans of Quentin Tarantino...It's a chance to see his writing at work before he became a famous director. Be warned, though, gentle viewer...This is the unrated director's cut. While the original version was brutal, this one is no-holds barred. A lot of violent scenes have been extended and one could say were cut because they were in poor taste. A rape scene that is hinted at in the original version is drawn out. More blood and guts fly than before. This is the film that ushered in the whole "director's cut craze", as well as the movie that made people want to see deleted scenes. While most films deleted scenes are just crap that was cut out because it was unnecasary, this movie was full of scenes that were bizarre and just plain weird that were pulled for time and the sake of "good taste". The scene where Robert Downey Jr. interviews the buff Barbarian Brother's who both lost a leg to the crazy couple is just pure magic, if poorly acted. If you can stand an ultra-violet film in the vein of A Clockwork Orange, check this out!
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James P. (pearldrummerjp) from RUCKERSVILLE, VA
Reviewed on 4/6/2010...
A cult classic. If you have not seen this movie,you owe it to yourself to take the time to watch it. Not for the faint of heart.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 2/15/2010...
Quentin Tarantino (screenwriter) has stated numerous times that he was unhappy with Oliver Stone's film. I find this film to be very entertaining. Woody Harrelson delivers a memorable performance as a super psycho. The film is really more of a satire about how the media treats serial killers (celebrity killers). Dark humor throughout.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Violence as a media event
JLind555 | 02/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Natural Born Killers" is not about glorifying violence; it's a chilling parody of the American fascination with violence. The quick changes from color to black and white and back again, interspersed with animated sequences, point up the satiric nature of the movie. Mickey and Mallory, very well played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, are two killing machines without heart or soul or conscience; their only redeeming virtues are their love for each other. They aren't meant to be sympathetic characters and they're not, but Oliver Stone's direction makes them pale in depravity besides some of the other characters -- the sadistic warden, the despicable detective and his morbid fascination with Mallory, Mallory's nauseating, sexually abusive father, and above all, Robert Downey's superb characterization of the media pimp who feeds off blood and gore. The last scene in the movie, of Mickey and Mallory on the road with their two children, and Mallory about to deliver a third at any minute, underscores the whole message of the film; violence feeds on itself and begets yet more violence. Those viewers who were most upset by the movie missed its message. "Natural Born Killers" is a brilliant, disturbing depiction of the shallowness of American culture at the end of the 20th century."
Degradation of American Culture on Display!
Bruce Lee Pullen | Butler, IN USA | 02/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers is one of the most unique artistic visions in the last ten years. Some call it short-sighted, narrow, sensory overload, a bomabstic explosion of useless gas, or a pathetic exuse of a movie. Those who describe Natural Born Killers as such are missing the point or are perfect examples of it. The film is the most accurate film account of the 90's American culture. Mickey ( Woody Harrelson ) and Malory's ( Julliete Lewis ) dis-allusionment with the media, conservatism, morality, and life and death are all a primal revolution from the material enslavement of society. Watch the opening sequence with the dramatic and purposesly hallow transitions between color and black -and-white and violence and romance to see Stone's observations on 90's culture and the 80's influence upon it. The Rodney Dangerfield Sitcom section ( Roseanne anyone! ), sexually graphic animation, sexual abuse of children, Rodney King style beatings, Mickey and Mallory's sexual revolution, and the media's romanticism of crime (Heraldo, Montel, Jerry Springer)are all magnificentally satrized on this film. The 90's as a decade was in a nutshell short-sighted, narrow, sensory overloaded , a bomabstic explosion of useless gas, and a pathetic decade. The great films reflect the decades from which they were made and Natural Born Killers is no exception. In the fantastically edited last 30 minutes of NBK, this film will either totally repulse you or change your opinion of modern society. That is the power of this hyper-kinetic minagerie of the 90's. Oliver Stone's director's cut adds only about three minutes of extra footage which includes Tommy Lee Jone's decapitated head and some other disturbing material. This addition just adds more ferocity to Stone's vision. Also available on the DVD version are about 45 minutes of deleted scenes that Stone beleived would have hampered or slowed down NBK's narrative. The footage is also very provocative in its own right. A must-see."
A Masterpiece. Brilliantly Nightmarish And Thought-Provoking
Mr. Fellini | El Paso, Texas United States | 10/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" is not just a movie, it is an experience. It is a wild, dark ride that serves as a study of today's culture and it's fascination with violence. This movie is not so much about the killers, but about how the killers capture the public. The screenplay is masterfully structured with moments of vicious rage, deepness, dark comedy and powerful visual images. The film is hypnotically watchable due to the great mixing of different film formats, camera angles, colors and the breathtaking cinematography of Robert Richardson. "Natural Born Killers" is a great study of where our culture is going. Stone is a genius of cinema, one of the greatest directors there has ever been. This movie is effective, provocative, feverish and driven. It's electrifying. In fact, it's not as violent as you may think it is. It's the break neck speed it goes at and it's intense feeling. "Natural Born Killers" is both intense and brilliantly nightmarish. It's disturbing, as it should be. This serves as a slap on America's face, to wake it up. "Natural Born Killers" is a masterpiece, as Roger Ebert said: "Seeing this movie once is not enough.""