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Three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone brings to life this ferocious, sexy epic. In a glittering California beach town, two best friends’ innovative marijuana business has come to the attention of the ruthless Mexican Baja Cartel. As a seemingly unwinnable war unfolds around them, they’re forced to take part in a savage battle of wills to save the girl they both love. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, Savages is “a stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller.” (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
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I watched the first half and thought it was better than the book, but the second half went in a different direction and felt very strained. I knew what I was getting into when I chose to rent the film - an implausible plot, some two dimensional characters and beautiful scenery. But as it was finishing up, I felt letdown. I'm not bloodthirsty, don't like savage murders, but do think a cartel would function a bit differently than the one portrayed here.
So, would I recommend it to others? No, probably not. But if the trailer sets you up and you feel compelled to see how it all ended, then by all means rent the film and prepare to disbelieve some of what you see and hear.
Directed by Oliver Stone, with John Travolta in a very un-Travolta role, with more action, scary adventure, morality lessons, R-rated sex, a true rendition of the ups and eventual downs of 'benign' grass. With elegant to horrific production values, it's among the most entertaining and engrossing movie I've seen this year. Could be, ever. A real education, too.
SAVAGES' plot slams us from gritty to gorgeous, scary to sexy, beautiful to bloody.
Maybe spoilers: A trio of young, beautiful California types, two young men and a beautiful woman, all smart, materialistic,
charming and imaginative, discover a way to make and sell dynamite marijuana - cannabis, grass, MJ. Their lives are beautiful. They become millionaires. But when a Mexican drug cartel discovers these 'kids' are overwhelming competition, then come blood reigns.
All out war begins between blood-thirsty drug lords and the beach
boys and girl California sellers. Okay, enough spoilers already.
To talk quality, the production is wonderful, sharp, extravagant, very California vistas, looks, action, color, talk.
I hone in on dialogue - the script never goes flat. The action is believably driven by sharp reparte`, vicious drug lord threats. Paradise is blown to hell. All, beautifully. Except for the gallons of blood, brains and bones shattered and splattered.
Not for family viewing. More for young adults with a strong message
that money isn't worth possible dangers, pain and inevitable losses.
I study movies, so I've seen SAVAGES three times, examining all elements, from words to pictures to the psychology of greed, the motivation of gimme-more mentalities. Overall, with extremes of bliss and vicious unexpected costs, SAVAGES is very-much a mind blower. (And not, this isn't a cautionary tale. It's just intensely real)
Have you seen Johnny Depp's BLOW?Blow [HD] . . . Cotton Candy, rather sweet and mild compared to the gritty, beautifully and horribly real SAVAGES. Just think a Hemingway quote: "The check always comes".
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Who knew it would expire before someone even bought the movie brand new.