Thursday, August 22, 2013

Savages movie review

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, John Travolta
Director: Oliver Stone
Running time: 2 hours and 9 minutes
  We meet two guys,Kitsch and Johnson. They are in the a marijuana business.Johnson is the romantic, nature-loving grad from Berkeley and Kitsch is the tough, ex-navy SEAL,ex-mercenary guy.We, also, meet their girlfriend (yes they share a girlfriend) rich girl, played by Lively.Their home-grown weed is so good that the Baja cartel wants to do business with them.And when they refuse the cartel finds another way to persuade them, they kidnap their girlfriend.So in order to save Lively, they must go above and beyond.
  The movie is mostly interesting throughout.The cast is well picked,the plot is entertaining and the acting is pretty good.So it is a good movie for the most of it.It could,very well be a total disaster but i have to admit, up until the end i was into it.The storyline was intriguing, so i was never bored,the cast is talented,which i appreciated and it was generally kind of good.Benicio Del Toro was excellent as an abusive,cruel drug dealer from the Baja cartel.I loved his performance and i totally bought it.But,his character was, also, very realistic.He behaved , exactly, like someone like him would behave both in his personal life and in his business at the cartel.
  On the other hand, the movie had some inconsistencies,in my opinion. During the movie we are presented with many details about each character and their past.Like how Lively's parents were never there for her or how Travolta's wife has cancer...And even though these details are supposed to make us understand the character and his or her behavior better, we end up only knowing the character superficially.The film doesn't help us get further into their lives so we don't really get to understand Lively's relationship with her parents or Travolta's with his wife, for example.One other thing i noticed is that during the movie everyone kept saying the word savages,which since it was the title of the movie became kind of obvious after a while.If it was mentioned one time it would have been a bit clever but the ended up taking it too far.Moreover,the voice over by Lively's character was a little annoying and too much.She kept saying things that didn't need to be said, and even if they did, there were other ways to let us know.Furthermore, the relationship between the three protagonists didn't feel real to me.And because it was such a big part of the movie i think it should have been shown and explained more in depth.Finally,the fact that the film had two "alternative" endings made me like the movie a million times less than i would have otherwise.I didn't understand why it happened.Why did Lively said that's how she imagined it.At one point i  thought maybe that was what people said it happened after years had past but it couldn't be since it was on the news.I didn't understand it at all and i actually liked the first ending better.If anyone got what happened comment below because i would really like to know.
  In conclusion,the movie was pretty interesting and i recommend it but i must warn you there is not much depth to it.It is just a fun way to pass the time.
Score: 65%


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