Natural Born Killers (1994)

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Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.


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20 October 2003 | FilmOtaku
7
| A bizarre acid trip of a film that has good and bad points
Oliver Stone seems to have outdone himself on this one. Not only is Natural Born Killers a visual masterpiece, but it is probably one of the most insane and nonsensical social commentary films I have ever seen. Disappointing, since it was penned by one of my favorite film directors, Mr. Quentin `Bad Motherf***er' Tarantino himself. The elements of a good story are there: Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and go on a mass murdering spree which is lapped up by the media. While there is definitely a strong social statement, the story is too erratic and scattered to be completely coherent.

Visually however, Natural Born Killers is stunning. It is intensely colorful, unflinchingly violent and innovative in its cinematography. This movie is not for most, but if you decide to try it out, be warned: It is not for the faint of heart, and not for the weak of stomach. But it is an important film for its visual merits, at the very least.

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Trivia

This was Quentin Tarantino's second feature length screenplay (his first was True Romance (1993)). The script was re-written by director Oliver Stone, producer Richard Rutowski, and screenwriter David Veloz prior to, and during production. The finished film bears little resemblance to Tarantino's original script.


Quotes

Mickey: Mister rabbit says, "A moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers."


Goofs

During the Prison Riot all the doors seem to be magically opened, the reason supposedly that the doors are jammed. The security locks in prisons are tested several times a day, and at the beginning of a riot all the doors would close and lock. However, as with the issue of the snake bites, this comes from an overly literal interpretation of the film, something which Oliver Stone strongly discourages on his DVD commentary track. The riot is not meant to be taken as a realistic depiction of an actual prison riot, and Stone acknowledges that great liberties were taken in the scene with the full knowledge that they weren't realistically accurate.


Crazy Credits

The end credits are superimposed over a vast amount of stock footage, ranging from the future of Mickey and Mallory, stock A-Bomb tests, childhood photos of Mickey and Mallory, time-lapse footage, scenes from the movie, and so on.


Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut was originally released by Vidmark Video, after Warner Bros. refused to distribute it because of a company policy that won't allow them to release unrated or NC-17 rated tapes (the Director's Cut was unrated). The Warner Bros. logo was thus removed from the beginning of the film. However, in 2009, Warner Bros. did release their own edition of the Director's Cut, in which the logo was restored.


Soundtracks

The Future
Written and Performed by
Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Crime | Drama

Details

Release Date:

26 August 1994

Language

English, Navajo, Japanese


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,166,687 28 August 1994

Gross USA:

$50,282,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,282,766

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