Published on September 20th, 2010 | by Jason Roe0
Quick Movie Review: Savage
Savage is a portrayal of Paul Graynor, an average loner who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The wannabe paparazzi walks you through his life and paints a picture of a loner who is detached from reality. You get the feeling that Paul is not all there upstairs. There are glints of light when Paul reveals relationships with his dyeing father and the nurse who looks after him.
Set in Dublin city center, Savage looks at the darker side of the inner city. You might relate to some of the more colorful culture that is depicted on screen. This cultural divide is pushed to its limits in depicting inner city “free range teenagers” as undesirables. I couldn’t help feeling that the relationship formed with the undesirables was slightly disturbing from the beginning.
Just as Paul starts to let you in to see a bit more of himself, he gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as he is mugged while walking home. This is anything but a normal mugging as his muggers feel they should leave their own unique mark. You couldn’t help cringe at the barbarity portrayed. So from this point forward is fairly clear cut.
Paul finds it difficult to recover from his attack and reverts back even more so into himself. His relationships stat unravel quickly followed by reality. His spiral out of control keeps pushing the limits through each scene. He seeks retribution and he gets some. I found myself being forced to look away at some of the more gory scenes. The film was a lot darker than I expected and left me feeling a little bit disturbed.