The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran ... See full summary »
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.
A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.
Sarah Michelle Gellar,
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
The misadventures of Mickey and Mallory: outcasts, lovers, and serial killers. They travel across Route 666 conducting psychadelic mass-slaughters not for money, not for revenge, just for kicks. Glorified by the media, the pair become legendary folk heroes; their story told by the single person they leave alive at the scene of each of their slaughters. Written by
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No-one would be physically or mentally capable of casually walking around a shop after being bitten by a rattlesnake. However, as director Oliver Stone points out on his DVD commentary track, the snakebites are not supposed to be taken literally, but as a metaphoric infusion of 'knowledge' from the Indian shaman. He acknowledges that in reality, they should be dead, but he argues that the film is not a realistic depiction of reality. See more »
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. See more »
Mickey and Mallory Knox are lovers. She is beaten and abused by her father until Mickey rescues her by killing them. Bound together by blood they go on a killing spree across Middle America. As they go they become media celebrities as the television crews glamorise what they do. However it isn't long before they are caught and sent to prison. However a live television interview with Mickey offers him the chance to turn events to his advantage.
Stone's film was cursed with controversy in the UK. Mostly because it was seen as glamorising or trivialising serial killers but also because it had been originally a script by Tarantino, who had already had one film banned in the UK at this point. The media frenzy was uncalled for because really the film takes swipes at the media for the way they build killers up into minor stars, with column inches and TV specials etc. However the film benefited from the hype by covering over the fact that it isn't really a very good film!
The first half is mainly them killing people, and can get pretty unpleasant and relentless to watch. The second half allows for more comment on the media etc and is better for it despite still having violence glamorised to some extent. The film is Stone trying to be hip and almost getting it. He uses comic book images and inter-cut shots of violence etc to show what's in the characters heads during the film. It is quite well done but doesn't feel like Stone.
Sadly his content lets him down. Only bits of the second half feel like he's making some kind of point and this is almost nullified by the fact that the violence of the first half is so well put together and full of clever ideas (like basing them on old TV shows) that it could be accused on being hypocritical by attacking the media for glamorising killers. However he does get good performances.
Woody Harrelson (Woody in Cheers! What have they done to you?) is really good if a little too convincing. Lewis is OK but I always find her whiney voice to be irritating. Solid roles are put in by the support cast and they are used to illustrate the points made in the second half. Robert Downey Jnr is great, Tom Sizemore is good and Tommy Lee Jones just plays a cartoon character.
As a pop-culture movie it's worth watching as the video editing etc is really effective (even if it does feel like an old man trying to fit in), however as social comment it is bogus and has been done better elsewhere. The second half is worth watching but sadly this means having to sit through the whole first hour.
Overall this only made money in the UK because the media frenzy around it where all the `we'll all be killed in our beds' tabloids made a big deal out of it. Without that this would have been a failed message movie that falls into the very trap that it criticises others for glamorising violence and murderers. Worth watching for the visual effects and nothing more.
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