The old ultra-violence is back, as ultra-brilliant as anything Stanley Kubrick ever directed. Demonic gang-leader Alex - Malcolm McDowell's defining performance - goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out". Then he finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets and put it at the service of the government. With unforgettable imagery, startling music and innovative language, Kubrick's bizarrely mesmerising film fashins a fast moving SF thriller about free-will versus state control.
- A Clockwork Orange review by CP Customer
This film is, in a word, bizarre. Every character in the entire film is a weirdo! None more so than the main character, who despite his thuggish, mindless antics, displays high levels of intellect and a broad well used vocabulary along with a very polite manner of speaking. The character is very well played by Malcolm McDowell and you can't help wanting to see what happens next with elements of comedy thrown in. Just when I started to feel ready for the film to finish, it did, so the durability is at its maximum. I wouldn't watch it again now that I've seen it. But I wasn't disappointed. Sorry if I'm vague but perhaps I should say this one is Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it and you won't know until you try it..having said that I'm still undecided. :~