Savages

  • 18
  • Oliver Stone (2012)
  • US (SUB)
  • 129 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Oliver Stone

Other Information

Language: 
English, Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes, brief nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 21 Sep 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama