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Raw and wicked. Stanley Kubrick's take on the mind and macabre

  • Aug 13, 2007
I've never read the book, but I bet many others have not either, though I had read a lot of reviews about `A Clockwork Orange' before seeing it, basically because I was unable to see it. Alex de Large(Malcolm McDowell) is the leader of four droogs who steel, rape, and fight for pleasure in a futuristic society. They spend every minute of their spare time causing absolute chaos anywhere they please. But after being challenged for his leadership, Alex puts his own droogs in their place by beating them. Wanting revenge for Alex's betrayal, the gang betrays Alex and leaves him for the police by whom he is told that he will be prosecuted for murder. Alex is sentenced for 14 years in prison, but after a while with good behavior, he is given the opportunity to get out early through an experiment that reforms criminals through brainwashing to be perfect citizens. Now, a totally reformed Alex must go back and face the society that he once terrorized as a human being with no free will.

What amazed me most about this movie was the classical music that was played throughout horrific violent acts that Alex committed, showing that his violence was in nature. The music assisted the idea that he was a criminal at heart and he doesn't want to change. With the movie originally being rated X, you can probably guess that the criminal acts are very graphic. But that it was makes the movie even more brilliant. It doesn't hesitate to show the viewers every aspect of brutal fight scenes or disgusting rape visuals. Every detail adds to the idea that he is a sinner, plain and simple.

The acting was also great in here. Malcolm McDowell did a masterful job at his character's changes throughout the movie. The mood changes throughout the movie also. When Alex is "allowed" to be sinister, the mood is dark but yet happy. But when he is forced to be good (either in prison or after the reformation) the mood turns very dark and you can see Alex's unhappiness at what he has become. The movie shows very strong opinionated themes: Society cannot forgive other's sins and criminals are naturally evil and cannot be reformed. Disagree with this you may, but you have to respect the epic masterpiece that is A Clockwork Orange.

Overall, the movie is completely flawless and is everything it was meant to be and more. The idea of a criminal being transformed into being the idol citizen was captured rather nicely, through the graphic genius of Stanley Kubrick. I highly recommend this movie.

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A Clockwork Orange is a science fiction film released on December 19, 1971, produced by Warner Bros.. The film was directed and written by Stanely Kubrick, and was based off a novel written by Anthony Burgess.  A Clockwork Orange was produced by Stanley Kubrick and starred Malcolm McDowell.

A Clockwork Orange tells the story of Alex DeLarge who is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem. After its release, the film received 12 nominations and 4 Academy Award nominations, and celebrated 5 various wins. 

It was given an MPAA rating of X, and runs 136 minutes.

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