Savages (Review)

Duration: 131min

Below is Mia Wallace (Um Thurman) from Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”, and Elena (Salma Hayek) from Stone’s newest movie “Savages”. Can you spot the seven differences? I bet not!

Elena

Elena

Mia Wallace

Mia Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After “Savages”, Tarantino is not anymore just a movie director who impresses other directors, Tarantino has become a movie genre! Clearly enough director Oliver Stone was very impressed by Tarantino, and came up with what everybody is calling “Pulp Fiction 2″. These two movies obviously share the same mood, same subjects (drugs, sex, violence & crime) and even a mutual character! Star John Travolta appears in both movies, he says: “It’s (Savages) fresh, it’s relevant, and to me it was the Pulp Fiction of now.”

John Travolta

John Travolta

Despite the huge similarities between the two movies, Oliver Stone did actually create his own fingerprint in terms of style. He did not follow Tarantino’s crazy type of chronology in editing the movie. There was only one flashback at the end of the movie, other than that the events flew chronologically according to the plot.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Stone offers two different endings for the story which were very nicely illustrated. One ending brings up the moral of any drug film which is “drugs kill”. The other brings us back to reality away from the world of ideas, ideals and moral lessons. Stone most probably chose to end the movie with the second alternative because what this movie was aiming at the whole time is REALITY.

First, he made use of Mexico’s recent political events and inserted them smoothly in the movie to make the audience believe what they are seeing. Stone wanted to show how the dirty business of drugs really works. Everyday, we hear the news and read articles about people who has been kidnapped, beaten up, murdered, especially in Mexico, all for the sake of drugs. But that’s all we get from the media. Seldom do we see the procedure of these events or they make us see them in an exaggerated/twisted way in movies. Stone did not exaggerate, he demonstrated for the audience how the strategical plans of a mafia start till how they end.

Yes, this movie has an age restriction due to its violent and sexual scenes; but, those scenes are much closer to reality than any harmless scenes you see in romantic comedies.

Chon, O, Ben

Chon, O, Ben

What is really impressive about “Savages” is its plot. O (Blake Lively) who is the narrator throughout the whole film, is the girlfriend of two drug dealers Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Johnson) who are also best friends. If you’re wondering, yes they both share her at the same time with no pressure whatsoever! O gets kidnapped by the “Mexican Baja Cartel” mafia with Elena (Salma Hayek) being the head of it and Lado (Benicio Del Toro) who does Elena’s dirty business.

The two dealers had to go through a lot to save their girlfriend especially that each one of them has an extremely different character than the other considering their different cultural backgrounds.

Chon: “You let people think you’re weak, sooner or later you’re going to have to kill them.”

This is a real movie.

by Miriam Atallah

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Main Actors:
Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro.
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