Excerpt: "Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and Academy Award nominee Laura Linney deliver unforgettable performances in this hilarious coming-of-middle age story from Oscar -nominated writer / director Tamara Jenkins. Until recently, all John and Wendy Savage (Hoffman, Linney) had in common were a lousy childhood and a few strands of DNA.
Excerpt: Tamara Jenkins' examination of how two siblings deal with an aging parent with deteriorating health combines dark humor with real-life sentimentality that can easily be enjoyed on many different levels.
Excerpt: Chon and Ben (Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson) are laid-back California entrepreneurs with a lucrative marijuana-growing business and a beautiful blond girlfriend named O (Blake Lively) they share between them. When they take steps to go into business with a Mexican drug cartel, they become entwined with its ruthless leader Elena (Salma Hayek) and her #1 enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro) who kidnap O as a bargaining chip to force Ben and Chon's hand in playing the game by...
Excerpt: But they try to refuse, and that’s when business becomes downright ugly. The cartel kidnaps O and will hold her for one year, during which time Chon and Ben must do exactly as they’re told. They pretend to play along but secretly hatch their own secret plans to rescue their girl at any cost, which means that much blood and many chunks of brain meat will be shed. As the title suggests, the movie is at times grisly, perhaps exploitatively so.
Conclusion: I liked Savages but I think it could have been even better if Stone had reined himself in a little bit more and cut down on the non-stop brutality and not tried to add an unnecessary twist at the end of the movie that actually hurts the movie. This Blu-ray on the other hand is easy to recommend with its excellent video and audio quality. I wish that more extras had been included, but what is here is interesting and informative.
Excerpt: Chon (Taylor Kitsch, John Carter ) and Ben (Aaron Johnson, Kick-Ass ) are best buds whose lives revolve around bud—they've become millionaires developing and harvesting the most potent marijuana in the world. They've accomplished this thanks to volatile ex-SEAL Chon smuggling seeds from Afghanistan and peace-loving, philosophical greener Ben growing them.
Excerpt: Savages doesn’t necessarily portray anyone is a positive light, even the film’s base “heroes” on the opposite side of law and societal norms. Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) make a living selling the best pot on the planet, this under the guise of federal agents who don’t mind as long as it’s clean and they get their cut. Both share a woman, O (Blake Lively), and by shared, that does mean the entire package.
Excerpt: The Film It's your classic love story between a girl, a guy and another guy. However, this is no rom-com. It's Savages , a drug-fueled binge -- and director Oliver Stone is the pusher. Savages is also not the typical Stone film; not a recent one, anyway. Instead, Savages is reminiscent of Stone's Natural Born Killers days. It's got the weird, warped love story and uber-violent overtones.
Conclusion: Savages boils down to a revenge film, but it's tarted up with so many extraneous plot machinations and stylistic flashiness that the grittiness of the core storyline gets lost at times. Still, this is one of Stone's most gorgeously shot recent films (if you don't mind the occasional decapitation, random shooting, and body being set on fire).
Conclusion: 'Savages' never really grabbed me. Blake Lively's role as O is laughable, not to mention Salma Hayek as the world's most un frightening villain. Even with Stone behind the camera, the story and characters follow a road to nowhere, and never become interesting in any way. Sure it's got some great video and audio, but the movie leaves much to be desired. We can chalk this one up as a good disc, bad flick.