Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayeck, John Travolta
Sassi’s Star Rating: 2.5/5
Modern hippy Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson ) and ex SEAL Chon (Taylor Kitsch) have one of those yin and yang type friendships: the unlikely best friends are polar opposites, but together they are magic. The pair grow some of the best weed on the west coast, and dominate the lucrative market almost without contest. Ben is ‘warm wood’, Chon is ‘cool metal’, and the glue that holds them together is neglected rich girl O (Blake Lively).
Young, rich, and all equally in love the three exist in some type of utopian California dreaming on the shores of Laguna. That is until Mexican drug syndicate, the Baja’s decide they want in on the boy’s turf. And the word ‘negotiation’ doesn’t seem to translate well.
Hayek excels as Elena, the powerful cartel leader who is desperate for her daughter’s affection. She is enforced by sadistic right hand man Lado, played by Benicio Del Toro who succeeds in making you feel like you need to shower as soon as you leave the cinema. Travolta takes a fun turn as a dirty cop getting his palms greased from more sides than you can count.
Fast moving and action packed Savages provides moments of entertainment amongst a sea of humdrum. It makes you wonder how many more overly dramatic slow motion shoot out scenes to blaring opera music we are going to be subjected to before filmmakers realise that it is past the shock factor use by date. This film has quite literally double the pain. If you see it, you’ll know why.
An ultra violent exploration into drug cartels and consumerism, in the end Savages is a film about the masculine bond. As Elena points out to O; the only thing that Ben and Chon love more than her is each other, otherwise they wouldn’t share her.
A toast to bromance.
Savages is in cinemas now.
Category: Film & TV