Savages Review

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Savages

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek

As a film fanatic I have never really cared for Oliver Stone’s work, not even Platoon for some reason, and his films have just become very political and focused and the troubles of America at the moment, his two most recent films the controversial W. and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. When I heard that his new film focused away from that I was glad and after seeing the trailer I was interested to see that final product. I do have to say that it was a much better movie than I was expecting and that it was definitely a step forward for Oliver Stone, in my opinion. The biggest fear that I had was that the main characters where relative new comers, sure some of them stared in big films but they ended up being flops at the box office and critically, but each one of them managed to give a convincing and deep performances as one stays in captivity and the others are on a mission to rescue her. The other main plays are some of the greatest actors and actresses, Salma Hayek seemed to be enjoying playing the villain while Benicio del Toro gave one of the most haunting yet best performances for him and the movie in general. John Travolta seemed to enjoy what he was doing and that is probably why I enjoyed his performance so much. The story itself doesn’t really break any new boundaries or anything and was rather generic but I stilled liked the way that it was handled by Stone and the actors.

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.

I can definitely say that the movie is not for everybody due to its graphic violence but it is definitely a fascinating movie that I really enjoyed.

8 out of 10

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