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Savage (2019)

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Writer-director Sam Kelly's crime drama draws inspiration from the founding members of New Zealand's violent street gangs. Australian actor Jake Ryan plays Danny, a man who becomes entangled with gang culture at three turning points in his life during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In each instance, he is caught between the pull of his biological family and the hard-won solidarity he shares with his gang members.

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Cast

Jake Ryan
as Danny
John Tui
as Moses
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Critic Reviews for Savage

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

The details of gang life are fascinating. The casting is superb: hundreds of rough-heads assembled from across New Zealand. These mean-looking buggers provide a terrifying backdrop for the power struggle.

October 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The debutant director Sam Kelly creates a credibly hard-hitting if depressingly repetitive (fackin, fackin, fackin, fackin) milieu, with shades of Lee Tamahori's classic New Zealand drama Once Were Warriors.

September 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Considered storytelling amid the coshing. An auspicious debut from Sam Kelly.

September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A moving character study with bruising moral weight.

September 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Shifting back and forth among three watershed moments in the protagonist's life, Kelly draws an emotional roadmap detailing one man's life and how he got from A to B.

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a brutal, confronting and, ultimately, very emotional watch.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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