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  Natural Born Killers Society is to BlameBuy this film here.
Year: 1994
Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr, Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, O-Lan Jones, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Steven Wright, Maria Pitillo
Genre: Comedy, Action, Thriller, Weirdo
Rating:  6 (from 9 votes)
Review: Mickey and Mallory Knox (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) are passionately in love. They are also violent killers who go on a murderous crime spree, becoming a media sensation in the process.

Oliver Stone used Quentin Tarantino's original script as the basis for his savage attack on the media and the society that spawns admiration for its worst criminals. As usual with Stone's films, it's a flawed, overblown piece of work. He criticises the media for glamourising violence, but nobody glamourises Mickey and Mallory more than Stone does - he seems to gloss over the fact that movies are part of the media too.

Because our heroes' love is true, everyone out to get them is shown as worse than they are - TV news hack Downey will sink to any depth for ratings, cop Tom Sizemore is actually a murderer himself (and has written a trashy autobiography, too!) and Mallory's father (Rodney Dangerfield) abuses his family.

The film grinds to a halt after Mickey and Mallory are captured, and then not even a prison riot can save it. It's flashy, tedious, heavy-handed and self important; there's even a little "did you see what I did there?" montage of real-life criminals at the end, for the hard-of-thinking. And it provided the most annoying actress to emerge in the 90's with her most celebrated role. Ironic that NBK was falsely blamed for some real-life crimes, isn't it? Also with: O-Lan Jones in a diner, Pruitt Taylor Vince as a guard, Steven Wright as a psychiatrist, and Maria Pitillo. Watch for: some animation, which is appropriate seeing as how everyone in this might as well be a cartoon character.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

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Oliver Stone  (1946 - )

Didactic, aggressive and in-your-face American writer-director who, after directing a couple of horrors (Seizure and The Hand) and writing Midnight Express and Scarface, settled into his own brand of political state-of-the-nation films like Salvador, the Oscar-winning Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, JFK, Natural Born Killers and Nixon. Slightly out of character were The Doors and U-Turn: respectively, a celebration of the late sixties and a sweaty thriller. In 2004 he experienced his biggest flop with Alexander, a historical epic, but followed it with the reverent World Trade Center and a biopic of then just-leaving President George W. Bush. A belated sequel to Wall Street and gangster movie Savages were next. Say what you like, he has made his mark and loads of people have an opinion on him.

 
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