Runtime: 2 Hours
and 17 Minutes
"A Clockwork Orange" isn't an easy movie to digest. The
term "ultraviolence" is used a lot by the characters, and
it says A LOT about this movie. It's disturbing almost the whole way
Anybody with a clue of cinema knows the set-up: Four hooligans with
a love of raping and killing goon their way through the nights, only
to have one get caught during an attempted robbery. Once caught, he
opts for a quicker (yet experimental) rehabilitation that make him
sick to his stomach at the mere thought of violence. I'll say no more
about this process for the few out there who aren't sure what it is.
Violent movies have never bothered me, but violent movies about characters
with no motive for what they do DOES bother me, and this one is right
up there. The violent scenes disgusted me, but I continued to watch
in an effort to be an objective viewer and be able to give a complete
Surprisingly, this movie gets more recognition for its characters
and the supposed "coolness" of them (unnecessary violence
constitutes stupidity in my book).
Underneath, however, is an interesting premise that could have kept
this movie together if some of the more graphic scenes were tamed.
The rehab method described earlier is a brainwashing of sorts; It
doesn't give him a choice to decide between right and wrong -- Instead,
he can't engage in violence, as if a switch has been thrown.
The obvious question raised is that of a person who is unable to commit
heinous crimes, and how he can function as a human being if he can't
make decisions and pay the consequences, good or bad. Live and learn,
as they say.
When the treatment is done, it's sort of a hollow ending. One less
criminal off the street, for sure, but less of a human being. A person
who is unable to learn from his mistakes, because he's not free to
A better movie would have concentrated on the obvious moral question
and taken it a little further. Instead, the man is free, his friends
are thuggish cops and his lesson MAY or MAY NOT have been learned.
The viewer really isn't sure what to make of it.
With some fine-tuning and a little more class, this could have been
a great movie. But, most of the time, I was too busy feeling sick
to my stomach to care. And when I did care, the movie only scratches
the surface of what it could been.