Module 1: Assigment essay
Natural Born Killers
Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis) is an abused teenage daughter from an awful family. She meets Mickey Knox (Woody Harrelson), a butcher´s son, when he delivers fifty pounds of beef to her house; love is instant and inevitable. Mallory´s father did not approve their relationship and sends Mickey to jail. After escaping, Mickey goes to save Mallory from her parents by killing them and this is how they start a bloody trail of killings-for-kicks across the white trash heartlands of the Road 666.
Their modus operandi involves leaving one survivor of each crime scene to tell the tale. Everyone knows who they are, and the media is after them, led by Wayne Gale (Robert Downey Jr.), producer and conductor of the TV program American Maniacs, the young lovers become global superstars. Their notoriety is only increased by their capture by the police officer Jack Scagnetti (Tom Sizemore) and they end up at the hands of prison boss Dwight Mcluskey (Tommy Lee Jones) who is hungrier for media exposure, even more than they are. Wayne Gale makes a live interview to Mickey where he has a primetime moment when he explains that he is “natural born killer” because god made him that way leading the rest of the prisoners to a prison riot.
Natural Born Killers was directed by Oliver Stone. He was born in New York City and grew up in a wealthy family. He studied in Yale University, but he dropped out twice. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's novel Lord Jim and George Harrison's music, he went to teach English at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam, where he also served time in the Army. After his return he eventually graduated from film school at New York University in 1971. Stone has won three Academy Awards. His first Oscar was for Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978). He won Academy Awards for Directing Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. Natural born...
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