This is an extraordinary picture from Oliver Stone. If this film feels shocking or disgusting that is because, like most of Stone's films, he shows us how we really are and where we will end up if we continue down the path of degradation that we are speeding down. Not just a scathing critique on society but the media as well who turn criminals into superstars and fuel the craziness just for ratings.
Social satire wrapped in violent orgies of blood and severed body parts. It is an extremely addictive movie made with a lot of care from director Oliver Stone. Full of great experimental techniques and fast editing. Leonard Cohen's title song is perfect for the film. Colorful characters are also hard to forget probably due to Quentin Tarantino's screenplay. Not for the faint of heart though.
There are still things to enjoy here - Harrelson, Lewis, Downey Jr, Sizemore - but Oliver Stone undoes a lot of the good work with a desperate need to seem down with the cool kids. the soundtrack and editing are clumsy, at best, although the soundtrack CHOICES are fine, and the message is slapped over your head like a large, wet tuna.
Despite its iconoclastic reputation this is just another example of American product. There's plenty of violence (I have no problem with that) but sex is censored. Characters have sex without taking their underwear off. Robert Downey Jr and Tommy Lee Jones are quite funny but otherwise you're watching a bad music video that goes on for two hours.
Mickey: "You'll never understand, Wayne. You and me, we're not even the same species. I used to be you, then I evolved. From where you're standing, you're a man. From where I'm standing, you're an ape. You're not even an ape. You're a media person. Media's like the weather, only it's man-made weather. Murder? It's pure. You're the one made it impure. You're buying and selling fear. You say "why?" I say "why bother?"