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 When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty."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 :--(
Razoável e esquecível!
Good film interesting plot but terrible ending
It gets progressively bad with every minute; it's kinda embarrassing actually.
The high-octane visuals and Stone's quick-draw editing fail to mask how weak this film is. The main protagonists are practically non-entities and it's difficult to maintain any kind of interest in the film for any length of time, let alone the four-hundred odd hours it seems to drag on for. Some of the dialogue is almost comically absurd; "I have orgasms, he has wargasms" is as bad as anything EL James could muster.
I have always wanted to like this film more. It was unquestionably better this time around, but it still doesn't work as well as it should. Oliver Stone is one of the most remarkable American directors and there are many inherently appealing aspects here. First of all, we see Mr. Stone return to the restless visual aesthetic of something like Natural Born Killers and that may be the best part of Savages. The cast is also fantastic. Blake Lively is perfect for this role. Taylor Kitsch excels once again at portraying a psychologically damaged veteran. Salma Hayek sizzles. John Travolta is stronger here than he's been in recent years. Benicio del Toro is as great as ever. Those striking visuals…
It's the GTA movie? Whatever... I liked! Blake Lively <3
Nobody quite dissects the dark side of the American dream with less depth than Oliver Stone. And whoever thought it was a good idea to cast Salma Hayek as a vicious Mexican drug lord deserves to watch this film again.
Obnoxious, aimless, unpleasant and ultimately pointless, Savages is a wannabe crime epic that misses the mark on every single level.
This film is lost somewhere between being tripe as shit and actually pretty good. The characters aren't that unique, but the situation that they're in is. The threeway 'thing' was pretty interesting to see in relation to character dynamics and the weird mother daughter thing between Salma Hayek and Blake Lively was interesting at the least.
The action is fucking stupid, and that bullshit rewind ending "thing" was just dumb especially considering it was the payoff of a story that took nearly 2 hours to get here, I felt extremely ripped off. Stangely, John 'Wild Hogs' Travolta's performance was, only slightly, better than whatever the fuck Benecio Del Toro was doing.
In the end, this film is a mess with…
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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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