A film of a genre in which the main character is travelling, either in flight or on a journey of self-discovery.
- Blending elements from varied genres - crime thriller, road movie, noir - his picture is somewhat of an oddity.
- It is a road movie, a film about cars, and a search for meaning in American life that could easily be called ‘Zen and the Art of Drag Racing’.
- While relying upon the basic framework and preoccupations of an established genre, the road movie, Badlands twists, defamiliarises and critiques its familiar coordinates.
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