Pointless Violence in the Movie (Film), Natural Born Killers

566 Words3 Pages
Pointless Violence in the Movie (Film), Natural Born Killers

Daily, the public is bombarded with violence, not only on television, but also in other media, such as newspapers and tabloids. Natural Born Killers, a prime example of violence in the media, is a movie about two lovers, Mickey and Mallory Knox, who go on a killing spree across the Southwest. The movie takes a satirical look at how the media romanticizes violent crimes. Natural Born Killers has sparked a lot of controversy, as seen in the opposing views of Richard Corliss and Richard A. Blake.

According to Time magazine's Richard Corliss, Natural Born Killers is "the ideal recipe for a Stone-crazy parable of greed and abuse." Corliss describes with great enthusiasm the
…show more content…
On the other hand, Richard A. Blake's review of Natural Born Killers is entirely negative. He describes the two main characters, Mickey and Mallory, as "Bonnie and Clyde" and "celebrities of gore"; Robert Downey, Jr., as an "Australian version of Geraldo," who works for a low class television program; Tom Sizemore as a "sadist cop"; and Tommy Lee Jones as an equally dense warden." He believes that the "special effects, explosions with bursting fire-balls, and mutilated bodies distract from the moronic scripting" of the film. Unlike Richard Corliss, he believes that Natural Born Killers gives society a mixed message, and that Oliver Stone's efforts in "exploring the connection between violence and the media" backfired because the movie itself has only added to the problem. Blake goes on the to say, "Stone's visual experimentation is ultimately pointless" and that Natural Born Killers is a "brutal, violent film that assaults the senses" (22-23).

Having read both reviews of Natural Born Killers and seen the movie, my

    More about Pointless Violence in the Movie (Film), Natural Born Killers

      Get Access