Review: 'Savages' Is Vintage Oliver Stone...Gory, Violent And SO Good
July 8th, 2012 11:22am EDT
"Savages," directed by the always unpredictable Oliver Stone, has something for everyone...Well almost everyone...Beautiful Califronia beaches, great scenery, beheadings, intense brutal over the top violence, hot sex, three way sex, and...
Some of the best pot grown in the U. S. and her borders.
'Savages' is based on the best selling novel by Don Winslow. He, along with Shane Salerno and Oliver Stone wrote this electrifying script.
Ben (Aaron Johnson) is a peace loving Buddist. He likes to spend his spare time helping the children in undeveloped countries. His BFF is quite the opposite to say the least. His name is Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and he is an angry, ex-combat soldier ready to kick ass at a moment's notice.
These two guys are not only friends, but they are business partners.
The business...Pot...Thanks to the seeds Chon brought back from Afghanistan, they have become extremely successful. Their weed has the highest HGH level in the country.
The guys live in a beautiful house overlooking Laguan Beach along with their shared lover, friend and fellow helper, named 'O' (Blake Lively). She loves and makes love to both of them....And there are no complaints from anyone.
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In fact, life couldn't be better for our threesome...Until...
The Mexican Cartel, run by a vicious, drug Queen known as Elena, played by Selma Hayek, in one of her best performances in a very long time decides to join them in their lucrative weed business.
The guys aren't interested, but unfortunately, Elena can be plenty persuasive when she wants to be...Of course, having a sadistic right hand man, Lado (Benecio Del Toro) makes it quite easy for her to get what she wants.
Lado enjoys cigars, the love of several good women and...chopping off heads. Hey, no one's perfect
In 'Savages' Stone does what Stone does best - He gives us non-stop, over the top, edge of your seat, violence, with a big dash of sexuality and sex.
Yes, the film is gory, with two different endings, but it takes you into a world that most people would prefer not to look at, but just like seeing a car collision, we can't help but peek.
I must mention that John Travolta gives an extremely entertaining performance as a crooked DEA agent whose wife is dying of cancer..
'Savages' which opens in theatres Friday July 6, 2012 received 4 bagels out of 5 from me and John came pretty close in his bagel rating as well. Check out our video for more of our thoughts.
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By Joan Alpert Schwartz
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