Savages is the latest from Oliver Stone, which means we’re going to have some serious conspiracy going on. The leads are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively and Taylor Kitsch, all of whom have great cheek bones and can’t act their way out of a paper sack. Fortunately, we also have John Travolta chewing on the scenery, Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, all of whom were having a great time playing baddies in this one.
The story is that Ben and Chon have figured out a way to grow pot from the seeds they smuggled in from Afghanistan, so that the THC, which is the active ingredient in pot, instead of being 2% or 3% as is the normal marijuana, is 33%. So, the drug cartels in Mexico figure this out and want to do business with them, and the boys want to make a lot of money, especially Ben, who is a do-gooder and just wants to make the world a happier place, as opposed to Chon who’s an Iraqi war, veteran and just wants to be aggressive with everybody. So, the idea is that the drug cartels are thwarted when the boys say no and they figure the only way to get them to do business is to kidnap the woman that they both love and have sex with, which is Blake Lively.
The plot actually is not a bad plot. My real complaint with the movie, other than the fact that the leads are beautiful but can’t act — which I guess how many times have we seen that? — is that the opening 20 minutes, which I actually got to see twice because they showed the movie a half hour early, realized that and then ran it again, was so incredibly bloody for no particular payoff or reason. The movie is clever enough, it’s well enough written, there’s enough humor and plot twist in it to keep you entertained without the gratuitous violence, although the gratuitous is truly overwhelming. But, having said that, it’s got some great scenery. It’s an interesting plot and it will keep you involved if you get past the violence. I’ll give it three stars.