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Movie review: Savages

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Movie review: Savages

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Ben and Chon run a successful pot-growing operation, and they both love the same woman, O. When drug cartel leader Elena moves to take over their operation her first move is kidnapping O. But instead of complying, Ben and Chon team with a DEA agent to fight back.

Blake Lively (O), Taylor Kitsch (Chon), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Ben), Benicio Del Toro (Lado), Shea Whigham (Chad), John Travolta (Dennis), Demian Bichir (Alex), Salma Hayek (Elena), Diego Catano (Esteban).

Starting with some character development and backstory, Savages keeps things interesting until the plot begins to unfold. From there our interest and connection is built with the characters leading to plot investment by the audience. The film is entertaining, begin essentially a love story with plenty of action, intrigue, and suspense thrown in for a well done balance. The split ending however was a bit disappointing, almost as if they couldn't decide how to end the film.

Acting was good with Lively doing surprisingly well. Kitsch, Taylor-Johnson, and Whigham all played nicely together and presented well. Del Toro delivered his usual while Hayek stepped it up a notch and Travolta seemed to actually take it down a step. The result was a high-quality blend which was supported well by the remainder of the cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done with good detail and authenticity. Effects were good and contributed well to the film. Dialogue was solid with good depth. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.

In the end Savages is a nicely done Crime Drama fans of the genre will likely enjoy quite a bit. Lively or Del Toro fans in particular should check this one out.

With strong violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use, and foul language, save this for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 4.6.14
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature

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