With those issues out of the way I'm sure your dying to hear about the casting. Stone me if you will, but I happen to like Taylor Kitsch. I won't defend BATTLESHIP (I still haven't seen it because it looks too damn ridiculous), but I really enjoyed JOHN CARTER and will anxiously go to bat for this guy because I like his acting on the action front. He and his military crew kick some major ass and add much needed machismo to this mother. It took me a minute to recognize Aaron (Kick-Ass) Johnson, but once I did I couldn't help but root for him as well. Besides, who can't appreciate what these boys are doing in the drug business? They're like the long lost outstretching branch of Dave Chappelle's Mr. Nice Guy organization with the right kind of muscle to deal with any Samsons that come their way. Well, almost.
On that note, I have to say they handled the situation with the Cartel poorly. It's the Cartel boys, I think a better plan of action (one that didn't involve a mere 12 hour getaway window) was in order. And what's up with O's "last trip to the mall"? That was hella stupid and a predictable necessity to move the story forward. Benecio Del Toro rocked as the leader of the Cartel's sadistic "gardener" crew. That's one guy I wouldn't want trimming my hedges. His character was easily one of the best villains I've seen this year. Johnny Travolta's crooked cop was cool beans as well. I love seeing him in mad dog crazy roles (FROM PARIS WITH LOVE being my favorite of late). However, Blake Lively is bland no matter which way you slice her and trust me, I was hoping someone would put her out of her misery by the end of it.
SAVAGES is a cool action flick and a well rounded (though not overly original) drug flick that was by no means epic, but was still entertaining. The two rounds of endings were interesting (I preferred the first one for reality's sake), but I'm not all for the actions that unfold with Salma Hayek's character. I just don't buy it, and it makes all that chatting with O very pointless. Also, I'm a fan of Emile Hirsch as well, but dude needs to get more screen time than this if he's going to stay current. I dug this flick and would recommend it. It's not perfect, but was still a good time as far as action vehicles go.
Deleted Scenes: Not much here other than extensions of what we already see and more crap we don't need to. Standard cuts, but in this case more Benecio and Travolta are a good thing.
Stone Cold Savages: The Making Of The Film: A five part making of piece that mostly consists of interviews with the cast and great local settings. One thing is certain, this film was one of Stone's better pieces in recent memory.
Previews: There are a couple trailers, a pocket BLU app for smartphones and tablets, some BD-LIVE content if your wired to the net and this unrated edition also contains DVD, DIGITAL and ULTRAVIOLET Copies of the film.