Oliver Stone Strikes Back (At Gimmicky Movie Violence)

Posted: October 9, 2013 in -
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“It’s only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that’s infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this shit! Batman and Superman, you’ve lost your minds, and you don ‘t even know it! At least respect violence. I’m not saying don’t show violence, but show it with authenticity … when you’ve reached this height of technology level of a Michael [Bay], of a ‘Transformers,’ I don’t understand the meaning of it and the reason for it, except that it appeals to some visual sense, some kinetic sense of dynamism and a need for action. But action is not always a solution, character is.”

I’m not sure if Stone always lives up to his own standards.  Particularly, the ending of Savages was a bit stupid, sort of ruined the movie.

Some want to call him out over Natural Born Killers, but I think those people are missing the point.  NBK was a statement about TV and movie violence and intentionally unrealistic and over the top.  That was the entire point, and remains consistent with what Stone says here.  I think he is making a stand for believable violence, the possible as opposed to the ridiculously implausible.

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