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Natural Born Killers (DC)
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Nov 3, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
Natural Born Killers (DC) order
Director:
Oliver Stone

Actors:
Woody Harrelson
Juliette Lewis
Robert Downey Jr.

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A couple newlywed serial killers, Mickey and Mallory, hit the road like a bloody tornado of death and destruction as they lay waste to any and all who cross their paths. All the while, the media and populace build them up like theyre heroes.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
NATURAL BORN KILLERS came out back in 94 (when I was in High School) and a couple good buddies of mine had a serious hard on for this flick. Personally, I wasnt into it back then and in that regard, things havent changed much. I have no problem glorifying serial killers, as Im a GINORMOUS fan of both DEXTER and HANNIBAL LECTER, but for me, this film falls into a whole different category as it reminds me more of THE DEVILS REJECTS than those other two examples. And on THAT level, what separates REJECTS from KILLERS (other than the fact that I liked REJECTS) is that Rob Zombies REJECTS get whats coming to them. The fact that Mickey and Mallory DONT is one of many reasons Im not a fan.

I will give credit to Oliver Stone for going against the grain here and creating a ballsy satire about society, dysfunctional families, love and the slanted perception of the media and news. This film is more of an LSD dipped adrenaline ride into pure, explicit, unforgiving chaos (which is pushed to an even higher level with the Directors Cut). And whether you do or dont agree with what youre seeing, the (unbelievably well shot) subliminal imagery here will suck you in if youre not careful; reminding me of one of my favorite quotes (part of it anyway): For if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you. And make no mistake, Mickey and Mallory ARE the abyss.

The one area this film deserves a shit-ton of praise is the cast. Woody Harrelson has proved time and time again that hes about as versatile as they come and delivers the goods as the most notorious serial killer of all time. Ive never been a fan of Juliette Lewis but shes damn good at playing a crazed crack-whore from hell. Tom Sizemore kicked ass, despite his jaded character traits and though Im not fond of Tommy Lee Jones either, he was the damn coolest warden Ive ever seen. Look out for the various cameos (I love Rodney Dangerfield), and Robert Ironman Downey Jr. as an eccentric media man who unravels under the pressure and succumbs to the dark side.

NATURAL BORN KILLERS is a tall glass of liquid evil overflowing with cynical overtones, controversial themes, an overabundance of violence and no conscience to speak of. This is a guilty pleasure for some and a chapter out of the darkest parts of the bible for others. I appreciate the artistic venture, but remain unsold with where this story took me. Its somewhat entertaining if you have an open mind (Im still not sure where Mickey got that electric shaver he used to shave his head, or how in hell the most famous killers in history could just ride off into the sunset unnoticed), but then again, it is just a movie after all.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary and New Introduction by Oliver Stone: Olive Stone is certainly an intelligent man, with tremendous insight upon the various issues put forth in this film. Hes definitely one of the greatest directors of our time and its nothing short of awe-inspiring listening to him explain the thought process behind NBK.

NBK Evolution: How would it all go down now: Another insightful look into the method surrounding Stones madness. Even the actors were taken aback by the (in Juliette Lewis words) big F*ck You to the media. I think he got his point across rather well.

Chaos Rising: The Storm around Natural Born Killers: Its interesting hearing Stone explain his reasoning behind choosing Woody for the role of Mickey, along with the overall hypocrisy of it all. I loved Tom Sizemores fifth leg speech as well as Downeys two cents on the matter.

Charlie Rose Interview: A ten minute interview with Oliver Stone as he explains/defends his opus of insanity. Again, Stone is a smart guy and its quite insightful listening to him explain himself.

Deleted Scenes: Twenty more minutes of ultra violence (with cameos galore), which again are probably a whole look cooler under the influence.

Alternate Ending: I liked the alternate ending far better than the original and feel that not only does it go hand in hand with the film, it probably would have changed peoples overall view as well.

Trailer: Interestingly enough, I have no recollection of this trailer whatsoever. It also comes with a 44 page movie Booklet and you can visit Warnerblu.com for more Warner Blu-ray action.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youre a fan of this film youll want to own the Blu-ray as the HD brings a whole new level to the already plush visuals and clever cinematography. If not, itd make a cool rental next time you put those special mushrooms atop your pizza.

Extra Tidbit: When this first came out I looked EVERYWHERE for a pair of shades like Mickeys. Soon after, I realized Elton John wore similar ones and my search ended rather abruptly.
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