A Clockwork Orange (1971)
In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?
I am a big fan of Kubrick and i loved his other works like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket and The Shining. I knew about this film and i really wanted to see it, so i did and i don't really know what my opinion on it is.It's about a teenager named Alex Delarge and he is the leader of his gang known as The Droogs. They commit all kinds of messed up crimes like beating up homeless people, breaking into people's homes and raping women. One day though, his Droogs betray him and he gets caught by the police.He gets sent to prison but is later let out so he could be sent off to an experiment lab where he is given a treatment called The Ludovico Technique, where he is strapped to chair, has his eyes forced open and is made to watch videos of Ultra-Violence and Rape. This ends up curing Alex and he is released. But his family and the public completely disown Alex. He is kicked out of his home and gets attacked by a bunch of homeless men, he then bumps into George and Dim who are now police officers and they attack him also.So Alex's only place left to go is the house that he broke into, where he severely beat up a man and he rapes the man's wife. Apparently, the rape was so horrible that not only did it kill his wife, but it left him crippled and traumatised.A Clockwork Orange is definitely one of those movies that you should probably watch only once, because you'll see it and you'll probably only want to see it once. I loved it but i think once is enough.
As a sociologist, I had to review this movie for a final project, from the perspective of sociology concepts. Once I had this type of "social lenses" on, this movie was so disturbing for me that I couldn't sleep the night I saw it. I've watched it several times, in order to finish my project and I was speechless every single time. This movie is about the limits (or the lack of them) of humankind and I strongly advise you to watch this movie with an open mind. :)
One of my favorite movie from Kubrick, I really love the atmosphere that emerges from the dystopian world where the movie takes place. What a clever idea to use classical music over violent scenes.
A masterpiece of a movie that contains one of the best introduction scenes in movie history and also one of the best ending scenes in movie history. The satirical content is obvious. The soundtrack is also a killer... especially the electronic synthetic music parts! Isn't that the darkest piece of music you've ever heard in a dystopian movie? Those synths sound so haunting and the psychedelic effects are awesome! No wonder it was a major influence for the early synth pop bands!