There was a period during the '90s where Oliver Stone felt like one of the most dangerous film-makers in Hollywood. From The Doors right up to Any Given Sunday, there is a cinematic psychosis at work on the screen, with their at times Jazz-like rhythm to the blasted out saturation of the images and right down to the tenor of the performances, everything about Stone felt off-kilter and wild. Untamed experimental film-making, creeping into the mainstream and awards ceremonies of Hollywood. It was exhilarating.
Then, somewhere along the way, Stone became boring (and sober, coincidence?) and we were given dreck like Alexander, World Trade Center and W. The latter of which had a trailer that hinted at the return of a subversive, irreverent Stone but turned out to be a very vanilla biopic.
Savages, his latest movie, based on the novel by Don Winslow, looks promising. The material and the marketing indicate a wilder, edgier Stone than we have seen for the better part of a decade and the cast is certainly interesting.
John Carter/Battleship star Taylor Kitsch may have found something better suited to his talents. His last two movies were too big for him to carry alone but he has proven to be a wonderful asset to ensemble casts, as seen with his work in the sublime Friday Night Lights TV series. Aaron Johnson has the makings of an interesting young actor and I have enjoyed everything he has done so far. Meanwhile, old pros Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and John Travolta all appear to be having fun in their scenery chewing competition. As for Blake Lively... Well, she looks good, so that's something.
The trailer (and teaser to the trailer) were both crazed experiences and packed far more entertainment value than his last few films, and we can add two more TV spots to the list. The editing is less interesting this time around but it does a better job of setting up the story of two pot dealers who take on the Mexican Cartels to save their mutual girlfriend.
Check out the TV spots below and see the other trailers, spots and posters on our Film page.