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 “Savages" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Two friends Ben, a peaceful hippie looking to better the world, and Chon, a former Navy SEAL, develop a highly potent strain of marijuana. They both share and love the same girl, Ophelia, who gets caught up in their drug trade.  A Mexican drug cartel led by the unrelenting Elena moves in on Ben and Chon’s territory and demands they partner up.  The boys want nothing to do with them and make plans to run away to Indonesia, taking Ophelia with them.  Elena interferes with their plans when she kidnaps Ophelia, holding her as collateral until Ben and Chon give in to her demands.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2012, Color, rated: R/Unrated (extended), 2 hours 11 Minutes, 2 hours 22 Minutes (extended)
  • Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek
  • Directed by Oliver Stone
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I went with the unrated extended cut and I believe that may have been a mistake.  There were makings of a good movie in Savages, but drawing it out was not the way to improve it.  If anything, it should have been cut down to under 2 hours. The movie has an odd feel, both in terms of style and plot, like Stone couldn’t decide if he wanted to make a dreamy love story or a gritty drug movie.  The characters were unbelievable and empty. I think the viewer was supposed to feel for Blake Lively’s character O, but she was nothing more than a spoiled California dumb blond.  I love Salma Hayek, but as an evil drug lord she was not the right choice.  I expected a lot more from veteran director Oliver Stone.  Feel free to pass on this one.

Technical

Picture quality was very good, colors were vibrant and popped off the screen and the contrast was very punchy.  However, at times it looked a bit soft.

The audio is good and certainly adds to the movie, but it wasn’t anything exceptional.  No demo scenes on this one.

Extras

Audio Commentary, 33 minute behind the scenes look