Oliver Stone in mind-fuck overdrive. Seven years after it provoked the most hysterical reactions to a movie since the ’70s heyday of confrontational classics like A Clockwork Orange and Straw Dogs, NBK remains as violent, hilarious, unsettling, outrageous and awesome as ever.
At the peak of his cinematic powers and throwing everything into an increasingly volatile mix, Stone reworks Tarantino’s original plundering spin on the familiar Hollywood tradition of lovers on a killing spree and sheerly eviscerates it. The veteran director Sam Fuller once famously remarked that movies are a battleground; a point of view that clearly has some merit as far as Stone is concerned?although he typically takes the notion further: NBK is a full-on fucking war zone. Utterly brilliant.