Complete list. :-(
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…
"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 :--(
Oliver Stone, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek. Nuff said.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's a lot. Blake is so hot. Weird love triangle. Double ending thing is kinda wild. Good visual appeal.
Surprisingly inert dramatically, Savages offers very little to separate it from the generic drug thriller. Like Blow, Oliver Stone also attempts to get me to sympathize with criminals just because they're the protagonists. The film is often very ugly thematically and this leads to some interesting ambiguity but it's never really capitalized on, with the film opting instead to devolve into genre tropes.
Oliver dials in a forgetttable tale of shaka brah stoners, kidnapping and mexican cartels. Too long, too much Blake Lively voiceover. Would have been loved by stoners in the mid 90s.
What could have been a great film, simply isn't. It has all the ingredients it needs, good visuals, good actors in the right parts, a director who can be very good indeed. And yet although entertaining, it feels like a fairly empty and largely predictable ride. It is also a ride that is too long. the film could easily stand losing a large chunk in the middle.
Enjoyable, but also disappointing.
My brother hijacked me today, all damn day long. He wanted to watch this one, and having it on my shelf, I was happy to oblige, especially since it's a sunny one.
A trio of young beauties in the marijuana business are living the good life, but when the female one of the three is kidnapped by the Mexican cartel, the shit hits the fan.
This is beautifully and confidently directed by Oliver Stone. It's a sexy, fun, wild action thriller that feels equally interesting, beautiful and absurd. It's quite a ride before it's all over. Perhaps a tad long, and why cast Travolta? But despite everything, it it still well worth watching.
And I am off to bed. Ciao.
Stone envisions the drug conflict as a war between entrepreneurs and power structures where human lives, dope, and money are all equated as capital for bargaining. The drug war is a series of business transactions, lives for weed, weed for money, money for lives in a never-ending cycle. The only government interference is through a corrupt D.E.A. official who plays for which ever side seems more poised to win. In Stone’s world, the government is merely an extension of rampant capitalism, take to its illogical extreme and devoid of any sense of loyalty. The Savages referenced to in the title refers to both the Americans and the Mexicans, who use the term to refer to what they perceive to be…
An action drama about a couple of drug dealers who are willingly in a relationship with the same girl and everything seems perfect until they mess with the cartel. Without meaning to offend anyone who has read the book, I don't see why Savages is getting all that hate. With Stone's messy direction, over-the-top perormances from the villains and a great final twist, the film manages to entertain for the most part, considering it's only a bit slow in the beginning but eventually speeds up. If anything, it's far more watchable than they're making it out to be.
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