Week six is time for the crime category. Due to its potential similarity with the thriller genre I'm going to…
Young Beautiful Deadly.
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Oliver Stone’s latest is a brash and dumb crime thriller set in the world of the Mexican drug war. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star as Laguna Beach dope dealers who get in over their heads when their girlfriend, Blake Lively, is kidnapped by a Mexican crime cartel. Revisiting the hyperactive visual styling of Natural Born Killers, but without the energy or compelling characters, Stone has created a vacuous and simplistic thriller that barely scratches the surface of the drug war or its one-dimensional characters.
Beginning with a nauseating and knowing voice over delivered by Lively’s O, the film starts on shaky ground and never improves. The chief problem with the film is the flat characterisation. Whether it is the…
I almost turned it off at the three minute mark when Blake Lively says "I have orgasms, he has wargasms." I can't believe I almost paid to see this in theaters, it's way too long and besides Benicio Del Toro (the reason I watched it) and a few alright bits of action, there's really nothing to see here. Travolta, stop.
Don Winslow's novel Savages is a clever, fast paced, self-aware, morally ambiguous book filled to the brim with extravagant characters and crisp, razor sharp and witty language.
This film is the polar opposite of that and the fact that Winslow was involved in writing the screenplay baffles me. I hope he was just there to make coffee for Mr. Stone.
This film fails at the most basic level there is. The three main characters we are asked to invest in have nothing for us to identify with and are completely and utterly uninteresting. In the novel they are funny and satirical archetypes. That works really well. In the film, for some reason, they had to be turned into real human…
"I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty."
-Tarantino on aging
This may be Oliver Stone's most entertaining film in over ten years strictly as a genre exercise, which is where he usually works best, but the man just keeps spinning his wheels as his hair grows grayer. His films have become childish. Polished silliness. The characters are so shockingly inept, I simply could not stop shaking my head at all of the irrational decisions they were making. Everyone is written as…
"What really happened was more of a fuck-up than a shootout." - O
Well, that was the most pleasant surprise of a film I've had in a while. After reading mostly negative/average reviews for the film adaptation of the best book I read in 2012, I was a bit too wary of watching this, afraid that it would only result in disappointment. But what I've found is a really fun, stylish and slightly flawed sucker-punch to the face.
Let's start with what everyone seems to be complaining about: the acting. I liked it. The bad guys are practically made of ham, and John Travolta is off-the-scale in terms of panicky over-acting, but this helps Savages get what it sets out…
Did Oliver Stone direct this I still ask myself?
Having Blake Lively do voice-over was the worst I have ever heard in a film.
Think she had constipation all the way through because this film turned out to be one giant poo.
The script was bad and the acting was ropey and John Travolta's stuck on eye brows were more interesting than him trying to over act.
I want my 147mins of life back :--(
My takeaways from this movie
- Gossip Girl should not do voiceover
- The first half hour is too upbeat and slow for a crime movie
- “I have orgasms, he has wargasms.” is the worst line I've heard in a long time
- Having these two polar opposite guys share a girlfriend without any dilemmas is unique but the most unrealistic thing in the movie next to "wargasms"
- The supporting cast is way more interesting than the leads
- This looks like a Michael Bay movie with all of the over-saturation and tilted angles.
- A violent Oliver Stone crime movie should not be this boring
- John Travolta definitely wears a wig in everything else
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
I've been holding off on watching this because I've never heard anyone say anything good about it. I popped it on last night and almost immediately fell asleep. Savages really shines in the second half and if you can make through the DOG SHIT first act it is actually a pretty good cartel movie.
“Salvador", "Platoon", "Wall Street", "Born on the Fourth of July", "The Doors", "JFK", "Heaven and Hell", "Natural Born Killers" – there are few filmmakers with a track record of brilliant film after brilliant film as the controversial and legendary director Oliver Stone. It is therefore hugely disappointing that his most recent films have been so anodyne and so lacking in the inspiration we've come to expect from the great man. "Savages" isn't a bad film, it's simply mediocre and given the subject matter, a routine thriller rather than the savage polemic that the younger Stone would have delivered out of such subject matter. The movie is narrated in voice-over by Ophelia (Blake Lively) a young woman who is in a…
this movie is so fucked up....i dont want to live anymore
Alexander < JFK, Born on the Fourth of July < Platoon < Natural Born Killers < Savages
Una cinta del género negro que cae en la peor tierra de nadie: Larga sin excusas, falta de carisma, irreal para ser creíble y demasiado real para ser una caricatura.
big bag of Oliver Stone nuts
Razoável e esquecível!
The topic title says it all really.
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Apparently, two-person, monomagous relationships just aren't interesting enough for some filmmakers. I'm okay with that.
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