In 1994 Director/Writer/and Producer Oliver Stone (One of my favorite Virgo’s by the way) collaborated with some of Hollywood’s soon to be most influential writers and directors of our time Quentin Tarantino, David Veloz and Richard Rutowski to write and direct this twisted and romantic crime/drama.
I must admit as a 14 year old teenage girl at the time I had this movie poster on my bedroom wall I loved it so much. Mainly the sociopathic picture of a bald and sexy looking Woody Harrelson made it an essential must have for my bedroom décor at the time Cheers to that! (Pun intended).
The film starts off in the opening scene with images of a snake and a hawk moving from black and white to color then flashes a splash of red lens filter (Nice touch by the way very dramatic and eye catchy). You see the story start to form within the first 5 minutes of the film. The camera direction then moves you from outdoors into a diner in the middle of the desert where you see a scantily clad “Mallory Knox” Juliette Lewis (1991 Cape Fear and 1999 The Other Sister) dancing around the diner quite seductively. It’s right about now that one of the other patrons decides he has to dance with this partner less woman, She entertains this clown for about 2 minutes before unleashing her pent up childhood anger on him and the other patrons of the diner. Enter “Mickey Knox” Woody Harrelson “Mallory’s” knight in shining armor decides playtime is over and joins his lovely wife for some massive ass kicking serial killing activities.
The film continues to run through a series of crimes and killing sprees and boasts a nice list of actors including Robert Downey Jr.(2008 Iron Man and 1992 Chaplin) a TV Journalist that has been covering the Mickey and Mallory man hunt and Rodney Dangerfield (1986 Back to School and 1992 Ladybugs) who plays Mallory’s sexually & physically abusive father. The list goes on to include Edie McClurg (1986 Ferris Bueller’s Day off and 1992 A River Runs Through It) who plays Mallory’s oblivious mother.
I’m not sure if the point of this movie was to expose how mass media exploits crime, killing and the other evil’s of the world but that was certainly the message I got from this film. Needless to say this is one of my all time favorite movies and in my opinion some of the best acting and camera direction I have ever seen in a movie! Mr. Stone you are a true visionary and there is much to be learned from your work for generations to come. My recommendation is if you have not seen this movie you must be living in another time continuum and probably don’t even know what Netflix is if somehow you do I highly recommend giving this film a peek. Cheers!