Can savagery be beautiful? From the orchestrations of Hong Kong bullet operas to the guttural undulations of a good porn it seems as though the silver screen is the most accommodating medium for melding these two polar opposites together. Oliver Stone’s ‘Savages’ is a rather blatant entry into the field of films which draw you in with color and passion before making you cringe and shudder with one brilliant flash of unadorned violence. Is this done to convey some kind of message, however, or simply as a response to Eli Roth’s torture porn oeuvre?
In 1987, Oliver Stone exposed the seedy and greedy underbelly of American finance through the character of Gordon Gekko in the film Wall Street. The movie served as a wake-up call to signal the end of the seemingly endless stock market prosperity of the 1980s and returns in 2010 to prove that no one learns their lesson when there’s billions on the line. And now at this day and age, Stone delivers the perfect sequel at he perfect time. If Stone had for some reason felt compelled to write a Wall Street 2 directly after the success of the first film, I cant imagine that it would have had much impact, but 20+ years later, this Wall Street 2 is exactly poised where it needs to be in history. It’s a damn good movie, that delivers just as much tension and drama as the original without ever feeling rehashed or half-assed. Until the end.