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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

Bradshaw to comment in the Guardian that the film lacked any of the ‘docu-​realist fervour of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic [2001]’.7 If Savages was short of some of the disruptive energy that had distinguished Natural Born Killers (1994), or a little of the realist immediacy of Traffic, that change had as much to say about the entertainment industry’s Mo ney steady commodification of violence, and society’s tolerance of it, as it did of Stone’s commitment to his aesthetic: the very issue –​reality/​fantasy, twenty years later, the real/​virtual world –​that Stone was

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

of Universal at the time, liked the movie so much he moved it up to July –​it was originally slotted for the fall, which I preferred –​but they rushed it, and I think we took a hit there because we had The Amazing Spider-​Man [Marc Webb, 2012] one week ahead of us, with The Dark Knight Rises [Christopher Nolan, 2012] opening one week behind us. There was also an unforeseen hit for Universal –​Ted [Seth MacFarlane, 2012], as well as Channing Tatum’s huge hit –​Magic Mike [Steven Soderbergh, 2012] one week ahead of us. So we had three fucking hits in front of us, and

in The cinema of Oliver Stone