Oliver Stone still knows how to get people rankled. The Platoon, Savages and Natural Born Killers director reportedly slammed the finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad while promoting his documentary series The Untold History of the United States.
Stone took issue with Breaking Bad as part of a larger critique of cinema violence having become less realistic and more cartoonish over the years. “There’s too much violence in our movies – and it’s all unreal to me,” he said. “I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I happened to tune in and I saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie – it would be laughed off the screen.”
In the climactic scene — spoilers, obviously — Walter White parks his car right in front of the clubhouse of a gang of white supremacists. He goes inside, uses a key-chain remote to pop his trunk and drops to the ground. Hiding inside the trunk is a remote-activated machine gun that starts firing away, sweeping back and forth, killing the bad guys inside. READ FULL STORY