Robert Downey Jr.
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 Director’s Cut). And whether you do or don’t agree with what you’re seeing, the (unbelievably well shot) subliminal imagery here will suck you in if you’re 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 he’s about as versatile as they come and delivers the goods as the most notorious serial killer of all time. I’ve never been a fan of Juliette Lewis but she’s damn good at playing a crazed crack-whore from hell. Tom Sizemore kicked ass, despite his jaded character traits and though I’m not fond of Tommy Lee Jones either, he was the damn coolest warden I’ve 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. It’s somewhat entertaining if you have an open mind (I’m 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.
NBK Evolution: How would it all go down now: Another insightful look into the method surrounding Stone’s 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: It’s 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 Sizemore’s “fifth leg” speech as well as Downey’s 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 it’s 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 people’s 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.
Extra Tidbit: When this first came out I looked EVERYWHERE for a pair of shades like Mickey’s. Soon after, I realized Elton John wore similar ones and my search ended rather abruptly.