Savages Trailer Gets Blake Lively And Taylor Kitsch In A Big, Drug-Fueled Mess

By Katey Rich 2012-04-05 12:01:19discussion comments
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Though Savages is a dark drama about drug dealers and is directed by Oliver Stone, it includes among its cast Battleship star Taylor Kitsch and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, which means it's got enough youth appeal for the trailer to premiere at MTV. You can see that very trailer below, in which we see Kitsch, Lively and Aaron Johnson living in idyllic drug-dealing paradise, until Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek show up and make everything go very, very wrong. See how wrong when you watch the trailer and we'll talk after.



Without Oliver Stone attached I might assume this was some forgettable exploitation movie about drugs and guns and hot women and violence beyond your imagination. But this is Stone, the guy who made Natural Born Killers and Platoon-- he understands violence and darkness in ways that have defined generations in the past, and after recent detours into disasters (Alexander) and odd retreads of the past (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), we might be seeing a return to form for the director, and a young cast who look eager to take on this next challenge.

Johnson, Kitsch and Lively all have something to prove-- Johnson looked like a breakout star after Kick-Ass but hasn't really followed through on it, Kitsch is coming off his wooden performance in John Carter, and Lively was last seen slightly adrift in the mess of Green Lantern. All three look like they'll have plenty to work with, especially bouncing off veterans like Hayek, del Toro and John Travolta. Savages comes to theaters July 6, as pretty canny counterprogramming to the usual big summer blockbusters. After seeing this trailer, do you think you'll check it out?
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