A tale of crime and love begins in a dead-end town when teen baton-twirler Holly takes off with older rebel Kit after a conflict with her father erupts in murder. In the ensuing crime spree, they journey through the Midwest to the Badlands of Montana, eluding authorities along the way.
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Beautifully balanced film, with excellent, haunting music and Magic Hour photography, and superb performances from Sheen, Spacek, Oates and Bieri. One of the greatest -and perhaps the singularly most influential- studies in cinema of sociopathy, and the American interest in the fame of infame.
For such an excellent performer, Sheen's film career has never reached the heights his talent deserves. This is undoubtedly the stand-out film on his CV. Hailed as one of the most impressive directorial debuts ever, Malick's serene collision of beauty and violence drew up the blueprint for the rest of his enigmatic career. Two lovers go on a killing spree after the girl's father objects to their union. Spellbinding..
People have remarked that the characters are very disconnected from the world and people around them. I think this is due to the fact that Kit & Holly are just that (I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing).They are waltzing through life in a dreamlike state, killing for no particular reason. Malick downplays all the usual emotions associated with death on purpose in an attempt to contemplate a larger meaning.
This is my new favorite movie. Beautifully shot, perfectly acted, and the score...just perfect. Every piece of music added a whole new level to the scene. I'm no good at writing so just watch it, you won't regret it.