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Watch: 2 TV Spots & Interrogation Videos From Oliver Stone's 'Savages' Starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson & Blake Lively

by Simon Dang
June 8, 2012 10:19 AM
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An Oliver Stone crime-actioner starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Demian Bichir, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek -- you'd think there would be a bit more excitement for "Savages" with the film set to hit theaters in just over a month. But on the marketing end, things have been fairly underwhelming.

But in an effort to drum up interest, Universal has dropped two new TV spots for the film which sees Kitsch and Johnson play two Laguna Beach drug dealers who find themselves in over the head with the Mexican cartel and see their shared love interest, played by Lively, kidnapped. The film is based on the Don Winslow novel of the same name with the villains in the piece probably the more exciting prospects with Del Toro as a cartel enforcer, Travolta as a DEA agent and Hayek as a cartel leader. Several interrogation style viral videos have landed, which you can check out below along with a couple more over at Complex and AskMen.

You can see where our hesitation might lie, though, as it looks about a 50-50 shot of being a fun pulpy pic or a run-of-the-mill actioner. We'll find out on July 6th. [JoBlo/Huffington Post/LA Confidential/Made Man]

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  • AS | June 8, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    I give Oliver Stone the benefit of the doubt. People can crap on him all they want but the fact of the matter is that most of his films are twice as good as the pure crap that comes out every week. I'm looking forward to this because it doesn't look like the usual PG-13 "action" fluff that constantly gets shoved down our throats. It looks bloody and brutal, which, when speaking about action movies these days, is rare. This will be the first movie I'll give my money to this summer.

  • Patrick | June 8, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    It looks generic.

  • Amie | June 8, 2012 10:51 AMReply

    It's 'Savages' and the author is Don 'Winslow.' Just because it's not being hyper-promoted like the summer blockbusters/superhero movies doesn't mean this isn't making its mark in its own way.

  • Solo | June 12, 2012 6:52 PM

    Not to mention it cost a fraction of what the superhero movies cost to make. The studios have to promote the hell out of movies they've invested 200 million+++ , even if they know they've got a turkey on their hands.

    I don't watch much TV and I've seen several different TV spots for Savages. The trailer is getting a lot of play in the theaters (and #Savages has trended several times U.S. and worldwide on Twitter, for whatever that's worth.) It shouldn't have a problem turning a good profit.

  • Zack | June 8, 2012 2:45 PM

    The narration might not be THAT make-or-break. I mean, I love "A Bronx Tale",but Lillo Brancato's narration still sounds like a 7-year-old giving a presentation on iguanas.

  • Lou | June 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    Oogle Monster: Really? Nobody wants to see a movie because of someone uttering not more than a few words? Actually, I think she is very clear in her speech. The film promises to be good, with a fast, racy pace.

  • Oogle monster | June 8, 2012 11:59 AM

    And for good reason... no one wants to watch a movie that Mumbles McGee narrates.

  • Zack | June 8, 2012 10:45 AMReply

    I lean towards optimism, just because this doesn't look ponderous and pretentious, and Stone's only other setting is "completely insane".

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