Simon is sadly a little bit too young and a fair bit too naïve to fully appreciate the impact of Natural Born Killers. The film perfectly satirises the way the public are manipulated by the media into forming opinions about even the most violently criminal of people. With Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis playing the charismatic lead couple and Robert Downey Jr. playing the soulless tabloid TV journo desperate to befriend, interview and potentially join them on their murderous spree, this movie is a scathing review of the power of media over the masses. Shot on 18 different formats of film, this is a precursor to what is now known as MTV film-making, despite being several levels above anything that has come since in the same style. NBK is a complex machine both technically and cinematically, with clips and references from a multitude of movie classics that would probably go straight over Simon’s head. As he works his way through his list of classic films and weans himself off comic book adaptations, real masterpieces of film history will start to make more sense (hopefully).
Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers is about as subtle as being slammed in the face with a sledgehammer out of a flying helicopter and into an open volcano. Maybe that’s the point. In fact, I’m sure it is. But even satire gets to a point where it becomes ineffective. This fifteen-year-old film pretty astutely predicted the increasingly sadistic media storms around societies more disgusting individuals. However, the drenched colours, overused technical tricks and a long stretch in the desert all combine to make this film impossible to take serious, or even be shocked by. Perhaps viewers like DVDman need the themes of certain films to be SHOUTED AT THEM AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE. Mr. DVDman, if that is your real name (and I sincerely doubt it is), it doesn’t matter that I’m much younger (and hipper) than you. I know bad filmmaking when I see it.