Savages (2012)

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Savages (2012)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, John Travolta

Storyline:

In California, the former Navy SEAL Chon and his best friend, the peaceful botanist Ben, are successful entrepreneurs producing and dealing high-quality weed. Chon brought seeds from Afghanistan and Ben used his knowledge to develop the best marijuana in the country. Chon and Ben share the pothead lover Ophelia and she loves both of them since they complete each other – Chon is a powerful and strong lover and Ben is a sensible and loving lover. Their comfortable life changes when the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a partnership in their business. Chon and Ben refuse the deal and the leader of the cartel Elena sends her right-arm in America, Lado, to abduct Ophelia to press the American drug dealers. Chon and Ben ask the support of the dirty DEA Agent Dennis and get inside information to begin a secret war against the Baja Cartel to release Ophelia.

One review

  • There is no doubt that I judge this movie more harshly because it is made by a former great film maker. Had this been the first outing of some rookie, which the result feels like, then I would have conceded a higher score.

    Apart from a shallow and pointless love triangle between the 3 lead characters there is nothing here that we haven’t seen before in dozens of other shallow action thrillers. Unfortunately Stone has such a hard on(literally I’m guessing) for the “love story” that he gives it way to much screen time. This is the biggest reason why this mess is overly long and despite being about a drug war is slow and boring.

    There are quite a few other things that the movie does wrong. One simple thing is that all the Mexican characters mix Spanish and English all the time even when talking to each other which I found really annoying. Annoying also sums up the voice over that is used throughout the film which completely took me out of story.

    The two highlights are Benicio Del Toro who is obviously having a blast as a psychotic hit-man and steals every scene he is in. The other is a short but intense action sequence when the protagonist robs the cartel using a combination of US Army and guerrilla tactics.

    The movie is not without entertainment value but is just so shallow and lazy in it’s storytelling that I can’t really recommend it.

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