Savages – Movie Review

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

This is one of those films that I just randomly put on out of the blue. It wasn’t carefully handpicked, so lets just say I didn’t have great expectations. Directed by Oliver Stone, you have to give props to him – this film has an actual style! Rarely do we see it and often is it overdone or misused; but in this film I quite liked Stone’s work. His action scenes are still some of the best and honestly I would have liked to see more of them in this picture. However it was pretty obvious from the start that Stone was trying to put across some distorted message, that was pretty much lost until the last 5 minutes of the film. And even though the story was more or less what we’ve seen before, it was different enough to keep you interested.

Everyone in the cast was fine, despite me still not feeling Aaron Taylor Johnson (Ben) as an actual actor, and Salma Hayek was a pretty ordinary villain. Thank god, this is counter-parted by a simply evil and wonderful performance from Benicio Del Toro who was the true bad-guy in the movie and by far the stand out performer. Oh, and one of the highlights in the movie for me was John Travolta and his character as the dodgy DEA officer – he was hilarious at the best of times and had somewhat of an emotional backing.

The ending to this movie will definitely unease you like it did me, though I feel I enjoyed where the story finally ended up. And the middle bore and basic acting can be forgiven with some nice cinematography and writing. However this film at the face of it is very shallow and often too odd for its own good.

This movie is entertaining enough to keep you listening to the message Stone is trying to put across – 3/5



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