Renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone, who transitioned from directing to providing in-flight movie critiques, has voiced his strong disapproval of the upcoming installment in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 4. Stone, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Transilvania Film Festival in Romania, took the opportunity to watch the latest Keanu Reeves-led action extravaganza during his flight.
However, his viewing experience left much to be desired.
Stone's Harsh Critique of John Wick 4's Unrealistic Carnage
Stone expressed his disdain and conveyed his thoughts to Variety, stating, "I saw John Wick 4 on the plane.
Talk about volume. I think the film is disgusting beyond belief. Disgusting. I don't know what people are thinking." He continued, "Maybe I was watching G.I. Joe as a kid. But [Keanu Reeves] kills, what, three, four hundred people in the fucking movie.
And as a combat veteran, I must tell you, not one of them is believable. I realize it's a movie, but it's become a video game more than a movie." Curiously, this critique may come as a surprise considering Stone's track record.
Having penned the screenplay for the blood-soaked Scarface and helmed the controversial Natural Born Killers, which drew criticism for its depiction of violence and its alleged connection to real-life imitations, he is no stranger to controversy.
In response to the backlash faced by Natural Born Killers, actress Juliette Lewis, who starred in the film, revealed to EW in 2019, "I had never experienced the level of hatred and aggression or disdain from journalists.
They were so mad at us! Like, we were at fault!" Lewis further explained, "But when you started getting the stories of where you blame [the film for crimes] — I don't go to criminals to get their excuses." However, Stone's criticism of John Wick appears to be less focused on violence and more centered on the lack of realism within it.
He asserts, "It's lost touch with reality. The audience perhaps likes the video game. But I get bored by it," adding, "How many cars can crash? How many stunts can you do? What's the difference between Fast and Furious and some other films? It's just one thing after another.
It makes no difference whether it's a superhuman Marvel character or a human-like John Wick. It's not believable." While Stone's criticism may seem puzzling given the outlandish nature of the John Wick franchise, where a lone man dispatches hundreds of adversaries or hip-hop stars embark on interstellar journeys, it is a testament to his perspective and preference.
Ultimately, his verdict starkly contrasts the millions of fans who eagerly anticipate the next action-packed chapter in the John Wick saga.