131 Min | Crime – Drama – Thriller | September 2012
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively
Savages Review: Stone’s latest restates his place in cinema’s history. He is one of the best that Hollywood has produced. For starters, he takes on controversial material, adds his personal touch which can only mean daring, intelligent, and non compromising, along with plenty of dazzling visuals. It is almost a given he will some seasoned performers or will introduce us to performers who will eventually become stars. He has done it all again. In “Savages” the drug cartels’ relentless violence starts the movie, and we know there is going to be some negative consequences for a few of the main leads. The boys’ clear misunderstanding of what they’re dealing with soon becomes clear, and Salma Hayek’s monumental’s ego sets off a series of incidents that will have the audience on their toes.
Savages’s violence works on two different levels, with plenty of horrors implied and off the screen, but they still leave quite an impact on the audience, and there is the psychological violence as you realize that your loved ones are about to subjected to savage violence, whether they are innocent or not. The segments between Lively and Del Toro remind of you Stone’s early work in “Salvador” and ” Midnight Express” when humanity loses plenty of ground to violence. Hayek’s cartel head is much fun to see, as we see her wild theatricals and yet, there is so much frustration and pain at the heart. She might not be all she shows, but there is no other way to survive here, and there is depth in the conversations between her and her prisoner. She is able to see the whole picture, but she is no visionary, and eventually she misjudges the consequences of what she started.
There are several lessons in Savages, but it is for the most part a typical Stone movie, showy, graphic, wild in its own design, and never boring. It’s a perfect example of what he can deliver: an insightful and stylistic look at a contemporary issue in a different way.