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Oliver Stone (2012)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Oliver Stone is back in the pulp noir territory of U Turn and Natural Born Killers with this brassy and very bloody adaptation of Don Winslow's novel. There's a danger of sensory overload as he follows California dope dealers Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch, whose hedonistic lifestyle includes sharing a girlfriend (Blake Lively). Lively has little more to do than play the victim after being snatched by a Mexican crime boss who has plans for expansion into the US. The surprise is that the gangster is played by Salma Hayek, flitting between maternal angst and maniacal urges. An increasingly convoluted plot also involves John Travolta's corrupt federal agent and Benicio Del Toro as Hayek's brutal henchman. In essence, Savages is a love story, but the three-way dynamic just seems frivolous and the finale is horribly overblown, especially as Lively's character is too slight to warrant so much gunplay. The thrills here may be many, but they are also cheap.


Two friends make a living dealing marijuana, but their small enterprise attracts the attention of a Mexican drug cartel. The gangsters kidnap their shared girlfriend and force them to sell their business, so the small-timers turn to a corrupt DEA agent for help in fighting back. Oliver Stone's crime drama, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro.

Cast & Crew

Chon Taylor Kitsch
O Blake Lively
Ben Aaron Johnson
Dennis John Travolta
Lado Benicio Del Toro
Elena Salma Hayek
Spin Emile Hirsch
Alex Demian Bichir
Chad Shea Whigham
Badass biker Gary Stretch
Dolores / Lado's wife Mia Maestro
Director Oliver Stone
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, brief nudity, drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Sep 2012


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