Savages: Style Over Substance
Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBenicio Del Toro...
In 1 Cinema
The leads however are a bunch of far less colourful characters. Lively, who narrates the film – a terrible decision if there ever was one due to her less than clear diction – is the trio’s weakest link; something emphasised by the number of close ups on her not very expressive face. Kitsch plays a run of the mill, volatile, tough guy and doesn’t make much of an impression on the film. Johnson, on the other hand, is fantastic. He’s the mastermind behind their little drug ring and is as much of a pacifist as Chon is aggressive. The most interesting part of the film is watching his peace-loving character grow and mutate in directions he never imagined possible.
The film’s vibe as a whole is interesting and entertaining. It strives for this over the top, pulpy, intensely cool vibe and as far as the awesome, Latin infused soundtrack and the kinetic visuals are concerned, it’s a definite hit. As a package though, the film isn’t as subversive or as shocking as it tries so hard to be and as a result, it’s a much more underwhelming experience than it should have been.