Sent to prison for years, Alex eventually becomes the test case in a government criminal rehabilitation program that strips him of his violent tendencies but also, it turns out, his free will. Let free, Alex, by some incredible strokes of
Without spoiling the ending, suffice it to say that the thematic material here is painfully obvious and not particularly insightful. A hitting-you-over-the-head-with-it sermon on free will, A Clockwork Orange nonetheless fails to draw its own conclusion on the matter while simultaneously failing to help the audience toward its own. It may be important from a film-school perspective, but as a viewing experience A Clockwork Orange fails to follow through on the promise of its provocative opening 30 minutes.