Director Oliver Stone's new project Savages hit theaters this week, and it's an intense thriller featuring three of Hollywood's young talents.
Director Oliver Stone's new project Savages hit theaters this week, and it's an intense thriller featuring three of Hollywood's young talents. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson star as Chon and Ben, friends since high school who have perfected the science of growing weed. Their business has attracted a lot of attention, some of it welcome — as from O (Blake Lively), the beach-haired beauty they share in bed — and some of it a little more sinister. Threatened by the big slice of pie the duo is taking out of her profit, Elena (Salma Hayek), the brutal boss of a major Mexican cartel, essentially offers to buy them out. When they rebuff her because of their high moral fiber (they're the "good" drug dealers), Elena retaliates by capturing their most prized possession, O. Before you write it off or buy your ticket for Savages, check out my reasons why this movie might be for you . . . or might not.
Why you should see it:
- Stone's take on modern drug dealers is hilarious — in a good way. If there's one thing I learned about ruthless drug lords from Savages, it's that they love Skype. It's a little disconcerting to see the same technology I use to talk with my mom put to use by a vicious marijuana queen-pin, but it's also pretty amusing. Elena's right-hand man, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), is also a man of modern convenience. He enjoys iced beverages from Starbucks and frequently eats from the refrigerators of the men he's been ordered to kill. I chuckled when one of the goons in charge of keeping O captive in her prison cell is seen mesmerized watching Ashley Hebert moan to her girlfriends on The Bachelorette.
- It's visually beautiful. Chon and Ben live in a stupidly expensive Laguna Beach abode overlooking the ocean, the house that their eco-friendly marijuana empire built. The lush beach town is ripe for sweeping coastal shots, but even the way Stone shoots the intimate scenes is pretty magnificent.
- Taylor Kitsch shows his butt. I knew this would be an R-rated movie and I expected some nudity, but I thought it would probably be from Lively. I was admittedly taken aback to see Kitsch bare his impressive assets in the opening moments of the film. I'm not complaining, but it's lucky the theater was dark, because my face was crimson.
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