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Natural Born Killers (1994)
May 20, 2011, 9:40 pm
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Director: Oliver Stone

The problem with Natural Born Killers isn’t merely that it joins those which it demonizes by turning gun play in to sex, but that the subject matter is hardly probed in a provocative way to begin with. A thoroughly detestable, vacant exercise in style, it is little surprise that the film has become a cult classic in itself. Somehow managing to be vague while simultaneously preachy, the film is a numbing assault to the senses. This is exactly Stone’s intention – to fashion a film about the way in which violent images in the media have desensitized our culture – but, ironically, the film’s murderous spectacles are so handsomely crafted that it appears as though little thought was put anywhere else in the production.

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Nice concise review, I was definitely fairly repulsed by the majority of this movie and I can’t say I’ll be giving it another view any time soon. I know that Stone was trying to turn the whole thing into a deeper satire on the media’s obsession with violence, but Stone’s manic style made it hard to recognize that satirization. Just curious, what prompted you to review this movie? I notice that most of your reviews are older films, I guess I was just wondering what sorts of modern films interest you.

Anyways feel free to check out my review of NBK and happy blogging 🙂

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