Fast & Furious 6
The Hangover Part III
Amid all the violence and profanity, Oliver Stone reveals a begrudging respect for his damned characters.
This is by no means Oliver Stone's best work. But it's his best work in well over a decade.
| Original Score: 4/5
Veers way off course in its second act, becoming confusing and vague - indeed, stoned. But it all comes good in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Essentially stupid, but stylistically invigorating, like watching a genius muck about with finger paints like a child on a sugar high. And then it throws it back in your face.
| Original Score: 3/4
Oliver Stone isn't known for making pretty films but ugly is something he does very well.
A good piece of gritty, grown-up entertainment. One question, though - has Oliver Stone lost his movie mojo?
It's a dirty and messy firecracker of a film, but one that's directed with thrill and skill.
Its energy has long deflated before an ending that will try the patience of even the most forgiving viewers. There's little to defend once Stone and company have so eagerly adopted the cheap twists of a latter day Shyamalan picture.
I think it's really interesting that Oliver Stone has gone back to this visceral, mischievous, hard-hitting filmmaking.
The three leads are a bit on the bland side but perhaps that's the way California potheads are. Del Toro and Travolta are terrific in their more interesting roles.
Bloody violent, bloody savage and bloody wonderful, Oliver Stone's Savages shows how well a talented filmmaker can transform a novel into a movie
Spraying flair as well as blood, Oliver Stone's über-colourful and graphically violent thriller depicting drug cartels, double dealings, foul play and sex is a wild, full throttle experience
Relentlessly silly, yes, but also thrilling, flashy and deliriously entertaining. And you don't need to be high to enjoy it.
Stone has put together a technically sound and sporadically thrilling thriller, but it drops the ball at the end, and tries to squeeze a bit too much into its runtime.
Savages is a mix of challenging story beats & multifaceted character moments -- paired with an equal number of predictable twists & flat cliched personalities.
Despite its shortcomings, Savages isn't a complete waste of time.
Fine if you like your thrillers raw, bloody and unruly.
Savages is Platoon's dystopic future realised. Everything's bigger and brighter but the sadistic sociopathy of this war remains hellish.
Combustible, chaotic, weirdly likable snapshot of new-millennium idylls and infernos
Savages is punishing in places, but there are enough colourful characters and careening twists to make it worth the effort.