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Review: Savages

No filmmaker should strive to make a mindless action movie, but if that’s what you end up with, at least they work. You may not get a profound story, but you still get an entertaining film. On the other hand, if you’ve got something in the thriller category veering away from outlandish action and towards gritty realism, you better have the elements necessary to make that work, otherwise you’ll end up with something that’s noticeably forced and possibly confusing, lifeless and boring, too, just like Savages.

Ben and Chon (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) have the life. They’re wildly successful pot growers and dealers happily sharing their girlfriend, O (Blake Lively), in their beautiful home in Laguna Beach, California. When the head of the a Mexican drug cartel, Elena La Reina (Salma Hayek), wants in on their profits, the duo attempts to respectfully decline. Too bad for them Elena will not take no for an answer and in attempt to get in on their top-notch goods, she has her ruthless henchman Lado (Benicio del Toro) abduct O. Now, should Ben and Chon refuse to do business with her, Elena will have O killed.

Not a Blake Lively fan? You won’t last five minutes into Savages. In it for the action? I give you 30 minutes. Enjoy looking at Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch? You might make it to the midpoint – and that’s the midpoint in terms of running time; the Savages’ script is nearly devoid of structure.

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Here are the Best and Worst Movie Promos of the Week

In preparation for the box office spike that’s sure to accompany the holiday weekend, we’ve got a ton of new trailers for a number of big upcoming films to note (click on the links to watch).

Total Recall unleashed a new one, honing in on some plot details and highlighting Colin Farrell’s relationships in the movie. Also in the action department is the very first trailer for the book-to-film adaptation, Alex Cross. While Tyler Perry does make an impression playing a character who doesn’t require him to don a fat suit, it’s Matthew Fox that steals the show as the disturbingly sadistic villain. Need even more brutality and carnage in your life? Check out some wicked action in the red-band trailer for RZA’s directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists. Veering towards the tamer and more dramatic side is the Richard Geer-starrer Arbitrage, which hints at a notably powerful lead performance.

While animated movies are generally kid-friendly, this is Tim Burton we’re talking about and the new Frankenweenie trailer shows off some pretty disconcerting looking characters. As a big baby when it comes to anything remotely sad happening to animals, Frankenweenielooks as though it’ll have no trouble making this 25-year-old cry. In the silly teen comedy section we’ve got the first trailer for Fun Size, a movie that looks to straddle the line between purely juvenile and a piece that might have something to offer to adults. Speaking of childish adults, Kevin James is back in Here Comes the Boom. Based on the new trailer, the film will boast James’ typical absurdities, but also quite a bit of heart à la cheesy sports/troubled school movies.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos: ‘The Twilight Saga’ Finally Does Good

As if we didn’t get enough Prometheus promo material before the release of the film, the campaign continues even after it’s out in theaters. The latest viral video comes from http://www.whatis101112.com and features Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland mumbling some Nietzsche.

In more timely promotional news, the June 22nd release, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, just unleashed a new featurette, but it’s as standard as they come and doesn’t really have much new information or insight to offer. Similarly, June 29th newcomer People Like Us showed off a quartet of clips, but none show signs of the film having a spark and being more than just your run of the mill schmaltzy family drama. On the other, Magic Mike has a brand new piece of promotional material that’s very worth your while. Channing Tatum and co. get their red band on, giving you a preview of all the skin to be shown in the full feature.

We’ve also got the very first trailer for the Ethan Hawke creeper Sinister and it’s undoubtedly unsettling as well as the very first trailer for the fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Retribution?, and, whether you’re a fan or not, the action featured here is totally tantalizing. If you’re in need of something a little more kid-friendly, check out the new character posters for the animated Rise of the Guardians all of which offer incredibly detailed spins on our favorite mythical legends. And, to wrap up this introduction, a Movies.com poster premiere for you, the creative imagery of the horror anthology V/H/S.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Banners Wow While ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ Recycles Old Images

In need of a good laugh? Go back and watch that Gary Busey blooper reel, then maybe watch this new “The Making of Piranha 3DD” from Funny or Die. It’s not that the gag isn’t funny; it just isn’t as funny as Busey making a fool of himself. Also offering up an amusing show is this set tour for Moonrise Kingdom. Technically it’s Bill Murray himself giving you the tour, but it definitely feels like he’s still in character to a degree and the construction of the video basically mimics the tone and comedy of the full feature.

Then, of course, we’ve got the first trailer for The Great Gatsby. What does it say about my education that I never came across a class that required me to read the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel? Anyway, whether you’re into the source material or not, there’s no denying that Baz Luhrmann has a visually magnificent piece of work here. On the other hand, while the action still looks cool in the new red band trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the film’s promotional campaign has yet to deliver any material that suggests the story’s got depth and the power to make an honest connection.

Speaking of making a connection, while Snow White and the Huntsman makes an honorable attempt at stepping outside the box by trying to make watching a trailer an interactive experience, watching a trailer isn’t really meant to be an element of multitasking.

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