Badlands (1973) 4.71/5 (3)


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Rating: The Good – 89.8
Genre: Crime Drama
Duration: 94 mins
Director: Terrence Malick
Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

A blinding debut from recluse Terrence Malick. Badlands follows the kill-spree of two young free spirits in a thoughtful exploration of young adults playing by their own rules while trying to make their mark on the world. Martin Sheen gives the performance of his career as the James Dean wannabe with homicidal tendancies. Sissy Spacek is a revelation as the confused young girl who is just as culpable as her boyfriend yet just as innocent. This is a powerhouse of a film that will leave you with many unanswered questions and a great sense of unease but with Malick’s prodigious sense for visuals and sound as well as the acting of the leading pair, it’s worth the watch and then some.

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