- Director: Oliver Stone
- Writers: Shane Salerno (screenplay), Don Winslow (screenplay)
- Stars: Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively
- Release Date: June 25, 2012
- Run Time: 131 min
- Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable marijuana producer, and friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL, run a lucrative, homegrown industry – raising some of the best weed ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town… until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena and her enforcer, Lado, underestimate the unbreakable bond of the three friends, Ben and Chon – with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent – wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.User Review: “Savages” is a thriller filled with the feel of past Oliver Stone films that Stone himself wants to get the audience used to again. Using blood, gore, and intense action sequences; “Savages” wants to give you a feel that hasn’t been present in many movies this summer. Now let’s see if Oliver Stone can regain his former glory and make another cult classic. Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) are together one of the biggest marijuana dealers in Laguna Beach, California. When a Mexican cartel, led by Elena (Salma Hayek), wants to expand their business upward and offer Ben and Chon a deal, they reject and this forces Elena to send her right hand man Lado (Benicio Del Toro) to kidnap their shared girlfriend, O (Blake Lively). Upon hearing this Ben and Chon agree to comply; but instead with intel from DEA agent Dennis (John Travolta), they concoct a plan to rescue you O and get the cartel off their backs for good. First of all, the tone of the film clearly set in the beginning of the movie in the very first scene. It gave you since of what the movie is going to be like and also how gruesome it is going to be. The pacing of the film was great, moved from scene to scene well and there wasn’t any scenes that slowed it done. It had a nice steady pace with the perfect fix of action and dramatic scenes. Oliver Stone’s close ups during really emotional scenes were great, the whole shot would be the actors face and it really got you invested in that character during the close- up. The acting was pretty good for the most part. Kitsch, Johnson, Travolta, Hayek were really good; but Benicio Del Toro was brilliant. Blake Lively improved in this film, but sometimes her dialogue was really hard to watch. Overall I enjoyed this film a lot. The acting was good, the writing was good, and Oliver Stone’s take on this story was good. I’m glad to see him go back to vintage Oliver Stone. I do recommend that people see this film. It’s really good. Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Del Toro are really worth the price of admission and the movie is, lack of a better word, bad ass. 4 out of 5 stars.