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Oliver Stone crime drama about two pot growers who tear through the Mexican drug cartel that kidnapped their shared girlfriend. Stars Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro.
Ben (Aaron Johnson, Kick-Ass), a content Buddhist, and his best bud Chon (Taylor Kitsch, John Carter), a former Navy SEAL, are two top-of-the-line marijuana growers. Graced by the beauty of their mutual love Ophelia (The Town's Blake Lively), their quiet operation runs smoothly. However, when they refuse a 'partnership' with the Mexican Baja Cartel, Ophelia is held hostage. With an unbreakable loyalty to their conjoint girlfriend, Ben and Chon declare war against the ruthless drug union.
The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel Savages: A Novel, named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010.
Rating: R18 contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes
The glory days of Platoon, JFK and Natural Born Killers now but a distant memory, Oliver Stone delivers a sprightly crime caper throwing in the occasional rapidly edited montage to lend the appearance of “yoof” and hip vitality. But while Savages might think it’s hip, it’s actually my dad in Crocs and a cardigan.
At one point Blake Lively, as heroine ‘O’ (who both heroes are sleeping with) says, “We’re like that movie, Butch and Sundance.” No you’re not. And describing one of your boyfriends as “Buddha” (because Aaron Johnson’s character’s a Buddhist) and the other as “Badder” (because Taylor Kitsch’s is ex-military) doesn’t help your case. It’s a script desperate to please: “she’s losing money like a BP oil-spill,” quips John Travolta’s bent DEA agent elsewhere.
But this tale’s so full of plot-holes and leaps of logic that it’s little more than a free-wheeling, drug-dealing, partner-sharing, torturing ‘n’ kidnapping, cliché-ridden, live-action violent adult cartoon fantasy.
The message seems to be that drugs are cool; women are to be ogled at, fell for and fought over; and all Mexicans are either gardeners, vicious drug-Cartel sociopaths, or both. As if to underline this, Benicio Del Toro literally twirls his moustache as the baddy. Benicio’s clearly having a ball being bad; as is Salma Hayek, playing what appears to be a Mexican Cruella de Vil.
Still, all the cast go for it and it’s fun while it lasts. But Savages is instantly forgettable testosterone-fuelled formulaic action-cinema fare, thanks largely to lacklustre characterisation, ludicrous plotting and a lamentable script.
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But we'll put together, kept you on the edge of your seat
A hopeless try to copy Pulp Fiction.
fun watch but I just didnt care and was unhappy they didnt all die in the end
Fun but empty
This is my first review here but I have to say, like the Flicks review says - it's fun - but ridiculous. The plot makes no sense and while the action is handled well - you just don't care about the characters and as for the ending - what a complete nonsense. Really disappointing that Oliver Stone should resort to such a "typical" Hollywood approach. It's more like BAD BOYS than PLATOON :(
A thrill ride
This is a film about two drug growers who stop at nothing to get back their shared girlfriend. By knocking off a Mexican drug cartel. This a return to form for Oliver Stone as a director. Great performance from Blake Lively and Benicio Del Tero. If you love action packed violent fuelled movies, then this is for you