The trailer for Oliver Stone's Savages shows the potential for a film that's gritty, dark and violent. In this new featurette, John Travolta even uses the words, "the Pulp Fiction of now" when discussing the movie. Whether or not the movie lives up to that standard remains to be seen.
Based on Don Winslow's crime novel, Savages stars Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch as two close friends who run a pot growing/selling business in California and also happen to share a girlfriend (Blake Lively). Things take a turn for the dangerous and violent when a Mexican Baja Cartel shows up and tries to go into business with them.
The recently released featurette (courtesy of iTunes) begins similarly to the trailer we saw back in April, with Blake Lively's voice making it clear that the fact that she's telling this story doesn't mean she lives through it. And after that, the cast walks us through the basics of the movie while we're given a look at scenes from the film…
"This will hit you across the face," Kitsch says, as we're shown glimpses of gun-shooting and explosions. "And then when you're down crying, we're gonna come over and kick you when you're not looking. That's what this movie's gonna bring."
It seems fitting that Del Toro would bring up Natural Born Killers, given the implied focus on romance and violence in Savages. It does set the standard high, but it seems like a better connection to make than Travolta's mention of Pulp Fiction, given the director. Then again, both NBK and Pulp Fiction released in 1994, so maybe there's something to that. We'll have to see how Savages looks.
In addition to Lively, Kitsch and Johnson, Savages stars John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek. It arrives in theaters July 6. More information, photos and video can be found in our Blend Film Database.