Wednesday, February 13, 2013
finding the love in SAVAGES
SAVAGES (Oliver Stone)
SAVAGES parallels and deflates the moral compass in modern day SoCal culture with the drug mafia in modern day Mexico.
Just like in Insane Clown Posse (ICP), "family" is the key concept, and here it is also a macguffin.
With the Mexicans, looked down at as "Savages" by the free spirited californians, loyalty and blood ties are things one may savagely kill for.
The Californians come off vapid, self obsessed and loyal to noone, highlighted in the pleasure seeking and consumerist culture embodied by good-looking threesome Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively and Aaron Johnson.
The love that binds those three together is clearly one where are all three participants are victims to their own narcissism. They are each cut off from their families, venture capitalists in hippie garb and at the hippest restaurants, lost in their own pursuits of beauty and self sufficiency. Their pursuits exist isolated on an island of their own imagining. A life path without a sense of history, and a romantic love without context.
The love that binds the Mexican drug crew, helmed by billionaire drug boss Salma Hayek, are based on family, never leaving the one who made you and loved you. God forbid you cross Salma's Savage Elena; her love of money is solid but not as tainted by self absorption as the Americans. Undo her blood ties, imagined or otherwise, and she will calmly rip open your heart...with a machete...or a chainsaw.
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