MON­DAY SAV­AGES

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

9.25PM, SBS2 ★★

Best bud­dies Ben (Aaron John­son) and Chon (Tay­lor Kitsch) grow the best dope in the US, and their busi­ness model is not all about the money. How­ever, when their shared girl­friend (Blake Lively) is kid­napped by a vicious Mex­i­can drug baroness (Salma Hayek), the boys must drop the nice pusher act and get nasty. Speak­ing of nasty, Sav­ages lives up to its ti­tle and then some, with waves of grotesque vi­o­lence – in­evitably in­volv­ing Beni­cio Del Toro’s psy­chotic hench­man – crash­ing on the screen with all the sub­tlety of a hair­dresser with a chain­saw. Ap­proach this warped af­fair as a guilty dis­plea­sure – per­haps as a Nat­u­ral Born Killers for ston­ers – and Sav­ages just might work you over the way you want.

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