The War on Drugs, biggest American hypocrisy
Now, Savages, a work surrounded by great ideas and themes but drops into the realm of mediocrity because of bad and useless action scenes, stupid voiceovers, dull and predictable love triangle and unrealism. All could have been avoided if Stone wasn't like the War on Drugs campaign today, just a naive, hypocritical way to get your point across but still you compromise to that last cookie in the jar.
Let me be the first to say, LEAVE TAYLOR KITSCH ALONE! Yeah, he starred in two bombs and miscasted in Wolverine, but there's no way this guy should be receiving the same type of hate as the cast of all the Twilight movies. Benicio and Travolta absolutely stole everything good in this movie and had their own little that I was begging to see more of. A crooked DEA and a number 2 man in a drug cartel, that could also be considered even bigger than his boss, cruising and having there way with the joke known as the war on drugs, of getting the little, weak and incompetent guys and letting the big dogs fly free. I liked Blake Lively playing this sad, pitiful character, but I would pay thousands to never hear her voiceover in a movie ever. Really, I hate voiceovers all together. It's such an cheap, easy film tactic that takes a lot away from the character. Blade Runner kicks ass without the voiceover. Selma Hayek wasn't great, but due to her character seeming like a bubblingly idiot and inferior to Del Toro's character, that almost makes her a subordinate herself to him, I was well pleased. If they would have casted someone like Michelle Rodriguez I don't think this character's happenings would be justified, by the way, love that show.
Like I said earlier, a lot of the faults in this movie could have been avoided if Stone wasn't trying to suck his teeth on a dollar bill. Why was there a love triangle story centered as the main and marketing theme? Why wasn't this released like an indie film instead of being released like a big action blockbuster? Oliver Stone still believes in what he believes and has great passion for it, due to his off-filming actions like heavily supporting Hugo Chavez and Ron Paul., but now he's willing to bring more money into something like Savages by taking the theme of mexican politics on drugs and America's War on Drugs campaign and deteriorating it with all simply, dry orgi love story, because love stories attract more of female audience. Then you got your big time action moments to draw in an even bigger audience. It's kind of hypocritical to do something like that, because now, all you are is just a movie that isn't doing well in the box office and a forgettable movie. Lesson to all filmmakers, don't cheat out your ideas in filming, for example, trying your hardest to get a PG-13 rating just because the audience ratio is higher, just for a few dollars that you might not get in the first place, just like Savages, decent movie but directed in a sell out move way. Hulk Hogan, the King of Selling out, eat your heart out.