Natural Born Killers

Mickey and Mallory know the difference between right and wrong. They just don't give a damn.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * * )    DVD Rating: ( * * * · · )

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I am probably the only guy on earth who liked this movie. It isn't easy to take, but it certianly doesn't cop out like a lot of movies along this line. These two aren't good guys by any sense. They are demons on the loose across america. We are seeing their crazy world through their eyes. We see the horror they inflict in their comedic light. We see animations of Micky as a huge beast tearing the world apart and sitcom's of Mallory's horrific homelife (being molested is bad enough, but Rodney Dangerfield? She gets no respect!). A new favorite actor of mine, Tom Sizemore (of Heat and Bringing out the Dead ) does an excellent job as the evil Jack Scagnetti (the name also appears in Reservoir Dogs, Tarrentino had writing credits for NBK). Oliver Stone throws together such a chaotic world that the majority of the audience couldn't take it. Our anti-hero's story is told as one of love amist evil. We see the demon inside of Micky as he smiles slightly through his red lennon glasses while he watches Mallory throw a redneck through a window. We see the footage of everything from indians on a rampage to Godzilla footage as they ride across the states. Nothing is seen in a normal light. The only problem I had was the idea that America idolized the demon-duo. I don't buy it in any age that people would root for a couple who killed over a dozen police. I totally buy the media getting into it so much that they can't stop, but I don't think America would be treating them like rock stars. The DVD is the directors cut with a bunch of extra footage, a very nice Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a directors commentary with Oliver Stone and a making of feature. It is too bad it is only a 1.85 to 1 non 16x9 enhanced picture. Nothing should be called "collectors edition" without it. Still all things considered, it isn't a bad DVD. Overall, it is hard to stomach, but it really is a unique movie and is right up there with Bonnie and Clyde as a love story inside of a crime spree.