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Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone brings to life this ferocious, sexy epic. In a glittering California beach town, two best friends’ innovative marijuana business has come to the attention of the ruthless Mexican Baja Cartel. As a seemingly unwinnable war unfolds around them, they’re forced to take part in a savage battle of wills to save the girl they both love. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, Savages is “a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller.” (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 180
- Fresh: 91
- Rotten: 89
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Stone devotes considerable ingenuity to making atrocity appear as a terrifying kind of home movie, but "Savages" is no more than a summertime debauch.
Rotten: These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.
Fresh: An unabashedly lurid sun-and-surf menage-a-trois cum drug-running caper, with touches of Jacobean tragedy for good measure.
Fresh: I think it's really interesting that Oliver Stone has gone back to this visceral, mischievous, hard-hitting filmmaking.
A FLAWED, YET STYLISH THRILLER
Anybody familiar with Oliver Stone's work can tell you that his films are, for the most part, hit and miss. Throughout his impressive directorial career, he's put out some of the most groundbreaking classics in modern cinema ("Salvador", "Platoon", "Born On the Fourth of July"). At the same time, his more recent movies have been less than stellar ("Alexander", "W.", "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"). So when I first heard about his next project, "Savages", I was somewhat reluctant about seeing it, since the last Stone film I saw in theaters ("Wall Street 2") had me dozing in and out of sleep. I decided to see the film anyway with a couple of friends, and I have to say, it was surprisingly better than I expected. Don't get me wrong, it's far from the Oscar-worthy masterpiece it thinks it is, but with a solid cast, gorgeous cinematography, and a visceral dose of in-your-face carnage, "Savages" manages to be a thrilling experience that'll either leave you satisfyingly entertained or completely frustrated. The reason I say this is because of the lousy script. The character development is almost nonexistent in this movie, making it practically impossible for anyone to feel even the slightest bit emotional when one of the protagonists is put in a life-or-death situation. It doesn't help that every line of dialogue is so horribly written and clichéd, it'll leave you cringing in your seat. It would've been refreshing if Stone had at least given these characters some sort of energy and personality, but in the end, they just end up feeling like bland rip-offs from a Quentin Tarantino flick. Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, and John Travolta are the only good actors in the film, but even their memorable performances aren't enough to make up for the weak efforts of Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, and Blake Lively. Mixed acting aside, I'll admit there are still some good things to say about "Savages". The editing of the action sequences is very well-done, and the sporadic moments of grisly bloodshed are both relentlessly silly and deliriously entertaining. But in the end, this film just doesn't hold up as well as it could have. If the characters were more developed and the screenplay was better written, this probably would've been an excellent thriller. But as it stands, "Savages" is simply a decent action flick that mostly benefits from its flashy visuals, as well as some fine performances from its veteran stars. If you wanna rent this film, go ahead, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. The ridiculous double-ending might prove disappointing to some.
Best movie of the summer
Brutal graphic eye opening edge of your seat modern anti hero tale about "new school" medical dispensary potheads (who happen to have navy SEAL experience) take on e "old school" cartel in an all out war on the border. None of this crazy stuff would happen if pot was legalized.
Few directors know how to put together a movie like Stone did with Savages. Great story, brilliant acting! Best movie I've seen in along, long time...
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