Sunday, July 15, 2012

SAVAGES - sanguine ferocity

Savages is Oliver Stone's most recent attempt to once again rivet us as he once did with Natural Born Killers and U Turn. Stone is a very smart man turning out multiple political masterpieces over the last three decades as well as intense social commentary pieces. Savages was vicious and exceptional from start to finish. 

Taylor Kitsch was finally cast well and aptly portrayed a disturbed warmongering Iraqi veteran. His partner Aaron Johnson was equally believable as the green Mr. No     Thank You. Blake Lively shined as the threesomes all Cali girl and served as a superb narrator. 

Stone hasn't been this good in a while. The script written by Stone et al was clever and kept you involved and interested from the first few lines. You really cared about the characters and had a strong desire for them to live and prosper. The story was edited to perfection via Stone's slightly odd proclivities. This was a drug production is the good life gone bad story but for some reason if done well, endlessly fascinating. This is one of the best - up there with Blow and the like. I was also very impressed that the savagery was not overdone, which is to say, Stone showed some restraint and didn't let himself go too far but found just the right amount of violence and gore to satisfy and shock. This is good filmmaking and high entertainment a la Roman Times.  

Recommended Viewing: Any Given Sunday - U Turn - JFK

              Bob Scale: Objective: 8.0   -   Subjective: 8.5
             MetaCritic: 62
 Rotten Tomatoes: 54
                      IMDB: 6.8

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