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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 :--(
Ένα συναρπαστικό θρίλερ που σας κρατήσει στην άκρη της καρέκλας σας, από έναν πρώτης κατηγορίας σκηνοθέτη που θα ικανοποιήσει την όρεξή σας για μακάβριες απολαύσεις.
when i read "shared girlfriend" i whispered "oh my god i think i saw this in the cinema"
boring superficial boke. that is my memory's description.
Travolta and Del Toro are all that make this film tolerable; if their one scene together had stretched to fill the other 2 hours Savages would’ve been a classic.
Don Winslow’s book had an energy and an honesty to all witty writing that this movie sorely lacks, mainly because the three leads are just plain, in this incarnation, uninteresting (Aaron Taylor-Johnson cannot catch a break). Something got lost in the translation, as though like they took all the facts and left all the passion behind. These aren’t real people, they’re supposed to be cartoons; instead of Natural Born Drug Dealers (And Their Girlfriend MacGuffin) we got a by-the-numbers account of three characters that I just don’t believe would…
Savagely average, lead by a cast of modern cinema's most boring actors; Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Blake Lively.
It takes two hours before anything interesting develops in the plot, and it's over twenty minutes later.
The idea of hitting a dangerous cartel back seems like it could offer up a lively revenge thriller but Stone's flick doesn't engage with that long enough. It's so dry but it looks so juicy.
I wish this were about Salma Hayek instead.
Stone effortlessly drops another one.
I really love this movie. The plot is rather simple but effective. What I like most is the unconventional and modern relationship the three protagonists have. Benny del Toro is amazing as always.
"I think, basically, you want us to eat your shit and call it caviar."
The general things to expect in an Oliver Stone movie, particularly the later ones, are excellent directing, masterful editing, strong acting and questionable writing. This is most truthful in the case of Savages.
It's a film that, in it's technical and performance elements, is full of flair and vitality. Oliver Stone's recent output is less than stellar when compared to his earlier masterpieces, but I can't deny the amount of effort and passion he always puts into his films. He always puts together a film that is at least intriguing and enjoyable for one reason or another, and Savages is no exception. Even if it suffers…
WTF? Oliver Stone? Too mediocre and shallow to believe!
Dos horas de mi vida que nunca volverán.
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