Stanley Kubricks unforgettable 1971 neo-surrealist science-fiction thriller is a film that is made memorable more by it's boatloads of disturbing sexual imagery, violence, explicit nudity and numerous rape sequences, than it is memorable for it's production design and special effects. Still, even upon viewing the film in 2012, it still holds a certain range of power and visual trauma to it's viewer. The polot of them film has been proclaimed over and over again over the past 40 years, I'm sure, but I think that I will take a hack at it, just in case there really is somebody out there who still does not know the basic plotlines of this film. Now, A Clockwork Orange takes place in a near-futuristic London society where teenage street gangs and crminals run wild and rampant. One of the gang-leaders of this particular gang, is Alex, played, again, in a unforgettable performance by Malcolm Mcdowall (who spent the rest of his career, as he continues to do, to live it down in as many ways as he possibly can, it seems), which is one of the most sadistic, yet ironic characters ever portrayed on film. He is a completely and utter little monster, too be sure, but we also sypmathize greatly with him, even during the early stages of his character, and the movie, where he finally gets caught after a night of debauchery with his "droogs". He is forced into a prison, where, after two long years of imprisonment, he finally becomes aware of a certain treatment, which is being tested by a group of scientists, which is apparantly supposed to de-condition criminals from there evil ways, thus rendering them harmless, and normal and completely sane civilians. But, soonafter being discovered over and over again by the people who he had done severe wrong towards in the past, he soon pays for what he has done, even if he has already been through the deconditioning process. A Clockwork orange is often said to be one of Stanley Kubricks best films, but, I respectfully disagree. While it is a very good film, indeed, it is still certainly a flawed one: At 137 minutes, you feel like you just watched a film with an extra 43 minutes tacked onto it's running time. Like most Stanley Kubrick films, the pace is as slow as a gelaten mold, making for a very rough narrative. But, the film has plenty of excellent moments, special effects and art direction that it makes for a very surreal and fascinating watch, and it is definitely a film that is worth watching over and over again. Now, A Clockwork Orange was originally given a X Rating back in 1971 (Which is now called the NC-17 Rating), and that is for good reason; A Clockwork Orange is wall-to-tall with some of the most disturbing images and scenes of violence that you will probably ever see in a major mainstream film: There are many, many scenes of violence, mainly consisting of beatings, rapes, gang fights, breaking and enteringsthroat slicings, hand slicings, drownings, psychological and mental torture-all with lotès of blood, gruesome wounds and vicious sound effects. Also, there is a very equal amount of sexual content, which includes several previously mentioned rapes with full-frontal nudity, a long but very sped-up scene of a threesome with full nudity of everyone involved and full view of the sex acts that they are partaking in, countless images of almost random nudity, dozens of topless women and several paintings of artistic pornography which are all very explicit. And, finally, there is infrequent but strong profanity, including several uses each of sh-t, f-ck, a--, g-dd-mn, h-l, b-st-rd, b-tch and more. A Clockwork Orange is a film that is mainly remembered for itès distrubing imagery and extremely effective performance by the than young malcolm Mcdowall, and it is a film that still resonates in the subconcious of any individual who will still partake in the viewing of this film.