Oliver Stone's film shows the creation of the celebrity culture through television and its negative impact on our understanding of entertainment. Mickey and Mallory Knox start as murderers but they are escalated into stardom by reality TV host Wayne Gale (Robert Downey Jr.) and his hunger for higher ratings.
These images are also juxtaposed with the realistic style of the diner, bridge and the prison sequences (among others).
This parallel editing technique comments directly on the hallucinatory aspirations of TV to present an authentic portrayal of reality and its phony desire to start a conversation about real life.
How do we escape this vicious experience - Red Hot Chili Peppers say it all:
Renegades with fancy gauges
Slay the plague for it's contagious
Pull the plug and take the stages
Throw away your television now
This is what Woody Harrelson's and Juliette Lewis' character do as well. They "kill the TV," by killing its most flashy advocate, Gale, in a brutal and avenging, execution style killing. After that Mickey and Mallory seem to be happier and content. They don't continue the asphyxiating life on-the-run, but instead bought a caravan and decide to raise a family.
The murder-hungry-blood-thirsty outlaws have become a domesticated couple after they have made the clean decision to throw away their television.
In that aspect TV reminds me of communism. They are both "killing" the dreamers and creating a monstrous existence.
4 / 5
Director: Oliver Stone
Staring: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Downey Jr.