in about 100 words or less
US 122m (Director’s Cut), B&W, Colour
Director: Oliver Stone; Cast: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones
Based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, Natural Born Killers is a portrayal of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, except for the fact that Mickey and Mallory are mentally deranged serial killers. Despite their seemingly indiscriminate proclivity for murder, the twosome become infamous media darlings whose actions are sold by media whores to a general public obsessed by crime. Perhaps exaggerated in 1994, the film is increasingly accurate in its characterization of the scandal-driven media industry that passes itself for actual news. Stone’s use of unorthodox camera movements, quick cuts, and various types of film stock provide a surreal and seductive hyper-realistic visual experience (Klaus Ming December 2011).