Blu-ray Review: SAVAGE

SAVAGE was written and directed by Cui Siwei who makes his directorial debut in the action-packed heist thriller set on a remote mountain in northeastern China that follows a dogged detective as he squares off against a trio of violent crooks. Savage stars Chang Chen, Ni Ni, Liao Fan, Huang Jue, Liu Hua, newcomer Zhang Yicong and Li Guangjie.

Buried by treacherous conditions at the top of Mt. Baekdu, a policeman must brave the extreme conditions until he’s relieved from his post. When a group of thieves stumbles into the station in search of safe shelter, the night turns into a fight for survival as the two sides must put aside their differences to outlast the night.

The story for this Chinese action-thriller follows a police detective who seeks revenge on a trio of gold thieves after they kill his partner and his death has left the detective haunted. The crooks stash the gold in a hidden location with plans on coming back for it later. It takes a year but he finally tracks the crooks down during the winter while they’re recovering the gold they’d stashed earlier.

The detective shows up with a little backup but they still find themselves outgunned and up against the harsh elements that ends up playing a major factor in his pursuit. The weather doesn’t only affect him because the crooks also have a hard time maneuvering their way out of the storm. To make matters worse, the detective’s girlfriend finds herself in the middle of this deadly game of cat and mouse that ultimately ends up in a fight for survival where the strongest willed person makes it out alive.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Savage ended up being an impressive directorial debut from Cui Siwei who delivers a mixture of action-thriller, heist-thriller, revenge-thriller and survival-thriller that’s all rolled into one exciting cinematic adventure. There’s even a small amount of romance thrown in. Even though we’ve gotten stories similar to this before I still thought it was interesting and the cast did a really good job with their characters. This is a character driven movie first and foremost. The wintery location also played an important part of the story because of the harsh elements that these people have to endure to stay alive. The only gripe I have about Savage is that it’s a little long and could’ve been edited down to a lean mean 90 minutes or so. Besides that, I really enjoyed it and thought Cui Siwei did a great job for this to be his first movie. Savage is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.65:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Chinese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only extra on the Blu-ray is the official trailer (01:41).

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