Review by Matthew Schuchman
Avoiding trailers is a talent of mine. The less I know about a film before seeing it, the better. Savagesâ€˜, was a trailer I happened to catch however, and I was disappointed with what I saw. Luckily, Savages isnâ€™t the 100% adrenaline-packed shoot â€˜em up showstopper the trailer presents it as. A welcomed return for Oliver Stone as a fearless director, Savages benefits from not jumping head first into being an action-only film.
Making the perfect film is tough, if possible at all. The pitfalls of Savages are no different than the many films that garnered tremendous praise, and if you fixed them all, it still wouldnâ€™t be a fantastic film. Nonetheless, Savages is worthy of your time and a triumph for Oliver Stone after some years of underwhelming films.
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Directed by: Oliver Stone
Written by: Shane Salerno (screenplay), Don Winslow (novel, screenplay), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
Featuring: Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively
Plot: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.