Written July 07, 2012
After 2 earlier movies that were considered so-so, Stone excelled himself with Savages.... The story quite realistic, the actors very good... more focus on the story development by the actors themselves - less the grandstanding.
Written July 06, 2012
The title says it, but I'll break it down. Everyone was pretty good, but Del Toro definitely carried the film along with Hayek. Travolta was surprisingly great and seemed to have fun with his role. I would say that the most useless person (not character) was Blake Lively. Any blond skinny actor who has a tan could have played this role, especially since her acting is eh. The film seemed to go on too long and became a bit convoluted at times. Also, there were some parts (mainly the ending) that I found all wrong. If I had known then what I know now, I would have waited.
Written July 09, 2012
An otherwise great film, lots of cool action, terrific scenes, good solid acting, but the advertised "graphic sexuality and nudity" just is NOT there, so don't go see it for a naked Blake Lively--that is, not a glimpse, even. Such a waste, for a luscious babe like her, to have even implied sex, fully clothed?? Oh please. Oliver Stone, you blew it on this one. Like I said, otherwise a great flick, but don't false-advertise, please. Three stars instead of what should have been five.
Written July 14, 2012
It was a close call not to say Go, but there were things in the movie that just turned me off. Like in their meeting with the notorious drug cartel, the tough guy partner says the insulting comment about the caviar, I thought that was ridiculous and stupid. And when the girl was held by the cartel, she complained about eating pizza all the time, I guess this was supposed to be humorous, but I took it as ridiculous. The romantic threesome bothered me also. And the ending could of been better. The violence was anticipated. Most of the movie was pretty good except for these things.
Written July 15, 2012
Only redeeming thing was John Travolta's performance. I enjoyed the idea to humanize the bad guys, but like the poster for Savages, this movie is a movie with an identity crysis that plays out in a way that makes me want to stab someone to death. Was so happy to see it end.