Savages (2012) Movie Review
Released : July 6th, 2012
Reviewed : Aug. 2nd, 2012
Genre : Thriller / Action
Story (from IMDB) :
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Well this movie is quite different than what the previews make it out to be. The previews make it out as some high end action revenge film almost and what you get a is a great thriller with some action scenes. This movie by no means though is a action film.
The premise of this film is a decent one that actually does enough to hold the film together and give it enough thought to warrant the actions these two men make. The roles of Ben and Chon were played out very well I think and they actually showed the difference and mindset between each of the characters while Blake Lively does nothing acting wise other than being pretty good looking. She carries the film along with her narrative parts here and there but brings nothing outstanding to the table otherwise. As always Benicio Del Toro is awesome and still quite the mad looking guy in his role. John Travolta plays a small role and he plays it well there just isn’t that much screen time for him.
Now even though I said this isn’t a action movie there are quite a few action scenes and when there are it is graphic. The scenes feature some over the top violence and actually fit the grimy violent world they got into very well. Also I feel like the way Oliver Stone tackled the story was good with making it where you never really know what is going to happen and when you think you do it twists it around in some way. The other thing I doubt in this film is that these two guys would not only risk their own lives but their friends and everyone around them to rescue one girl who they are both with. It is a weird twist for a story and something that isn’t seen much in movies so it makes you think about it. Plus you know these guys are running a huge end dealership and no one ever thinks once about it.
Overall though it is a good film and a enjoyable watch.