Savage

2019, Drama/Crime, 1h 40m

29 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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Savage lives up to its title with plenty of grim violence -- but dispenses its brutality in service of a well-acted and solidly effective character study. Read critic reviews

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Inspired by the true stories of New Zealand's street gangs across 30 years, SAVAGE follows DANNY at three defining moments in his life as he grows from a boy into the violent enforcer of a gang.

Cast & Crew

Eden Flynn
Child Liam
Sam Kelly
Director
Sam Kelly
Screenwriter
Brian Kelly
Executive Producer
Bill Trotter
Executive Producer
William Watson
Executive Producer
James L. Brown
Cinematographer
Peter Roberts
Film Editor
Arli Liberman
Original Music
Chris Elliott
Production Design
Henry Aitken
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Bob Buck
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Critic Reviews for Savage

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  • The triptych structure is a little fiddly, but Savage is never less than powerful.

    January 22, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The details of gang life are fascinating. The casting is superb: hundreds of rough-heads assembled from across New Zealand. These mean-looking buggers provide a terrifying backdrop for the power struggle.

    October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The debutant director Sam Kelly creates a credibly hard-hitting if depressingly repetitive (fackin, fackin, fackin, fackin) milieu, with shades of Lee Tamahori's classic New Zealand drama Once Were Warriors.

    September 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Considered storytelling amid the coshing. An auspicious debut from Sam Kelly.

    September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • While there is plenty of violence and other things you would expect from a gang flick there is also a "softer" side here. That gives the film a realistic feel to it.

    February 12, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing novel about this gang movie, but in its rawness it gets the brutality right and makes for a gritty watch.

    February 4, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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