Complete list. :-(
Young Beautiful Deadly.
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
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.
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…
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…
"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…
"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…
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 :--(
This is the kind of Oliver Stone movie most fans of his work will be in relieve. Savages is an intense crime thriller even though the story isn’t that great. But its performances weren’t all that bad which is coming from Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as marijuana sellers going after their girl from the cartel. And an excellent but creepy role from Benicio del Toro. Its pacing is one of the problems because some scenes go on for too long without having any action along with them and Blake Lively’s narration gets annoying and awful to listen. But the ending is where it really just became an awful decision made. It’s one of those endings you couldn’t believe did “that” and you end up getting pissed off becoming a bad ending very disappointing.
A bit worse than I previously remembered. Hayek's character is rather pointless and annoying, sitting in her hacienda and blowing smoke in her kidnap victim O's (Lively) face. All the while, telling O dire things that will happen to her lovely body if her two lovers -Chon and Ben--don't partner up with her Mexican drug cartel . Travolta's character -- a dirty DEA agent named Dennis -- is even more of an embarrassment! How low Travolta's career has sunk since his glory days in Face Off and Broken Arrow. Taylor- Johnson's character Ben is annoying in a different away. I can't look at him seriously after Kick-Ass. He will always be a whiny punk bitch to me, getting his ass…
Could have been so so much better. The alternate ending? Thanks studio audience reaction surveys!
An embarrassingly inept crime thriller that has the audacity to just keep fucking going despite saying nothing.
The three leads (Kitsch, Taylor-Johnson, and Lively) are incredibly bland and unlikable, more cardboard cutouts than characters. The plot is simplistic to the point of being insulting, it presents a childish view on the drug trade, and the actual dialogue scene-to-scene is painful to listen to (especially the Blake Lively narration, goddamn).
That being said, everything besides the main thrust of the movie is actually pretty interesting. Benecio Del Toro is fantastically cast and comes off as exactly as menacing as his character should, John Travolta has some great comedy, and Salma Hayek - despite coming across as the world's worst drug lord,…
It had some good parts but the stilted dialogue, shitty narration, and bad performances especially from Blake Lively really drag this film down...Well that and the fact that this is one really boring overlong movie.
When it comes to naming legendary directors, Oliver Stone’s name is certain to be amongst them. especially when you look at his directorial body of work which includes such classic movies such as Salvador, Wall Street aswell as his Vietnam trilogy (Platoon, Born on the Forth of July, Heaven and Earth). However this is not to say that he has not made a few less than legendary directing choices such as the overblown historical biopic “Alexander”. Still after his last film the fantastic and long awaited “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” it looked like he might be back on track…..then of course I saw this movie.
Originally brought to my attention when compiling my 2012 films to look out…
If there ever was an actor born to play a psychotic Mexican hit-man, it's Benicio Del Toro. He and Salma Hayek are perfectly cast.
Oliver Stone, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek. Nuff said.
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It's a lot. Blake is so hot. Weird love triangle. Double ending thing is kinda wild. Good visual appeal.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…