Badlands (1973)

PG   |    |  Crime, Drama


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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

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  • Terrence Malick and Martin Sheen in Badlands (1973)
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  • Martin Sheen in Badlands (1973)
  • Martin Sheen in Badlands (1973)
  • Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek in Badlands (1973)

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26 November 2003 | paul2001sw-1
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| "Saw her standing on her front porch, just a-twirling her baton..."
The serial killer genre is the most overdone in modern cinema, but director Terrence Mallick took a real life story to make his powerful debut, 'Badlands'. He even toned it down, his interest being not in presenting a picture of pure (and wholly artificial) evil but rather in portraying a wholly human story. Murder is depicted here in all its banality - people shot (off-screen) through locked doors, by a young man acting for wholly normal motives but without the customary restraints on behaviour that we term morals. The result is a haunting, though occasionally pretentious, study of individuals drifting beyond the bounds of civilisation, their physical location (America's still-wild west) symbolically matching their mental isolation. Sissy Spacek is particularly good as the ordinary girl just along for the ride. A fine film, 'Badlands' is also genuinely disturbing, in a way that Hannibal Lector could only dream of.

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