Natural Born Killers Movie Review

Natural Born Killers Movie Review

This is a review of the movie Natural Born Killers, which was released in 1994. The film stars Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson, respectively. It also features Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield and John Savage.

About Natural Born Killers

The film tells the story of two “natural born killers” who go on a cross-country killing spree. The film was controversial due to its graphic violence and its perceived glorification of violence. It was banned in many countries, including Australia and South Africa.

Even throughout the bans, the film was a commercial success and acclaimed by many critics for it’s performances, direction and writing.

Storyline

A pair of deranged lovers go on a murderous rampage, killing whoever stands in their way as they work their way up to an ultimate goal: to see their names at the top of a “most wanted” list.

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The film opens with a montage of news footage detailing the horrific crimes committed by Mickey and Mallory. We then see the two of them in a car, driving cross-country. They stop at a motel and kill the owner, before continuing on their journey. 

The following day, they arrive in Harmony, a small town where almost everyone is named Clutter, and meet with an old friend of Mallory’s, Destiny, who invites them to stay at her place. That night, Mallory stabs Destiny in the back with a croquet mallet when she threatens her. They then run off into the woods. The media and police soon arrive at the scene but cannot find them. 

Parked on a riverbank, Mallory shoots a man that tries to rob them. The following night, they kill another group of people that they met at Destiny’s place. 

The two then approach one of the survivors, Kathy, who survived by hiding in a bathtub. She tells the police what she saw and leads them to the abandoned mall where Mallory shot a man dead. The police find the body and there is nothing of value left but they eventually find an empty weapon case.

The movie continues on throughout with unapologetic violence in a steady pace. Filled with brilliant camerawork and an overtone of dark humor, the film is one of Oliver Stone’s best. The main theme throughout is that of the destructiveness and negative effects of cults on innocent people.

Production

Natural Born Killers was directed by Oliver Stone and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film was produced by Don Murphy, Jane Hamsher and Clayton Townsend.

Critical reception

Natural Born Killers received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the film’s dark humour and its unapologetic depiction of violence, while others criticized it for being too violent and gratuitous. 

The film still has a strong cult following amongst fans of the film and Oliver Stone as a director whose style is unmistakable to anyone who has seen his work.

Box office

Natural Born Killers was a box office success, grossing $50 million worldwide. This was achieved even while being banned in several countries due to the violent nature of the film.

Accolades

The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Soundtrack

The film’s soundtrack was composed by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. It is featured as one of our top 10 movie soundtracks of all time. From the opening track “Burn” to the closing track “Dead Souls”, the soundtrack is a masterpiece in its own right, especially for fans of Nine Inch Nails. 

Home Release

The film was released on VHS and DVD by New Line Home Video. It was re-released in the United States and Canada on November 8, 2007, in a two-disc “Director’s Cut” DVD set. The DVD includes a documentary about the making of the film which includes interviews with some of the cast and crew members. The documentary also includes several deleted scenes from the movie and outtakes from the filming process.

What did I think of Natural Born Killers?

I thought it was a great film! Though not necessarily in the horror genre, disturbing none the less in it’s own right. I feel Stone did an amazing job adapting the Tarantino script to the screen.

The acting was superb all around, but I have to give a special mention to Harrelson and Lewis for their truly chilling performances as the sociopathic killer couple. If you’re not faint of heart, I would highly recommend this film. The film’s soundtrack is also excellent, composed by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

If you are looking dark humour and the unapologetic violence, look no further than Natural Born Killers.

Conclusion

Natural Born Killers is not for the faint of heart. It is a brutal, violent film that features some very disturbing scenes. However, it is also a very well-made film, with excellent performances from its two lead actors. If you can stomach the violence, then Natural Born Killers is definitely worth watching.

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