Savages [Review 24 for FQ13]


Selling drugs might be good business, but even if you’re good at business, it’s still bad business. Especially if you have a smokin’ hot girlfriend who can’t pass up an opportunity to go shopping just before you leave town.


Why I Saw It: It looked like a cool film with some good action and an interesting plot. I’ve enjoyed the work of Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy and Kick-Ass, and the lovely Blake Lively was good in The Town. I keep waiting for Taylor Kitsch to connect with a character on film the way he did with Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights.

What Was It About?  “Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Rating: 7.3 out of 10

Memorable Performances: None, except from Benecio Del Toro, but he has far more memorable things on his resume than this. John Travolta did a decent job in his limited role, which was encouraging because the last couple of things I’ve seen from him were sub-par. Salma Hayek did a decent job, but I certainly won’t remember her performance a few months from now.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • None

Favorite Parts: The story as a whole is entertaining enough to provide an above average film, and the action sequences in two parts of the film are decent, but overall there aren’t any particular parts of the film I’d say were “favorites”. With a film like this, you’d think there’d be a few good action sequences, or at least some sort of memorably-steamy scene with Blake Lively and one (or both) of the male leads, but everything they had in this film was just “above average”. The sum, in this case, is worth more than the parts.

The Regrettable Aspects: The fact that the sum is worth more than the slightly-above-average parts.

Would I watch it again? I probably wouldn’t. If I saw it listed on the cable guide as I was looking for something to watch, I’d keep searching.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  I’d only recommend it to someone who is looking to build their knowledge base of acting / directing performances, not someone who was looking for a movie to enjoy for an evening.

Other Recommendations:

TRAFFIC – It has the “younger generation making choices involving drugs, and the consequences” aspect to it, but it’s significantly better.

The TOWN – Looking for a fun crime-based film with a good performance by Blake Lively, among others, and hoping she might show some skin? The Town provides a considerably better film on many different fronts.

If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to SAVAGES, or for other similar films, let me know!



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