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5.0 out of 5 stars A Clockwork Mandarin, 10 Oct. 2002
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This review is from: Battle Royale [VHS] [2001] (VHS Tape)
From start to finish I was utterly captivated with this film, its perception and satire on modern youth society and most important, the message it delivers, hits you in a stampede of ultraviolence.
The plot in brief: Violence is at a record high, Adults feel youths have no respect or discipline for their elders so the government implements an act called 'Battle Royale' where one classroom is chosen by random lottery to be sent to a secluded island, they are all given different weapons ranging from semi automatic weapons, machetes to just a pot lid and single pair of binoculars, their can only be one survivor, if theirs anymore than one, they will ALL be killed by the army, they also only have 3 days to complete this.
It's a worrying thought that the dark side of our nature could do this in the future, that's what makes this idiosyncratic film so damn scary. Friend Vs Friend, Lover Vs Lover are made to destroy one another, an irony of social advancement reduced to Old testament idealism, this is a very malicious film, the plasma flows in rivers, kids get killed and mutilated in horrifying fashion but amidst all this carnage there are some very moving moments of the kids reminiscing of their friendships before they were forced to endure their fate. There is a scene of 3 girls shouting on the island peak for all the class to meet each other and discuss a way out of it, before they are massacred by some Psycho who 'Joined up for fun' (he is one mean mother).
This is A clockwork orange meets 'Survivor' in all its crimson, bloodletting glory. It's a monumental film, showing the repugnance of human nature and the irreconcilability between adult and adolescence.
I will never forget some of the throat grabbing scenes of violence from this film, an important film that I respect, and recommend you see, it's a poetry of human darkness.
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