Best friends Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitch) are living a great life with their shared girlfriend O (Blake Lively), thanks to their succesful marijuana business. However their lives are turned upside down when they refuse an offer from a Mexican drug cartel, who want in on their business. There really was no option and there’s no messing with the cartel’s head Elena (Salma Hayek). Elena can be quite savage, doing whatever it takes to get what she wants – including kidnapping the boys’ shared love, O.
Savages is not for the faint hearted. From the get go it is quite savage, with lots of blood shed and brutal attacks. However it isn’t all about the attacks. In amongst the brutality of it all, writer/director, Oliver Stone, manages to inject some beauty (the cinematography is at times gorgeous), humour and even some emotion.
Lively is the standout of the film. She had already made her mark in Hollywood, thanks to Gossip Girl, but this performance will cement her spot. Not only does she look gorgeous on the screen but her narration is what connects the audience with the film, and ensures that the audience actually cares about what happens to the characters – even if at times some of them feel like over the top charicatures (especially Benecio Del Toro’s Lado and John Travolta’s cop).
Stone could have cut at least 20 minutes from this film but that said audiences will still be on the edge of their seats.
While Savages takes you on a ride, the problem withit is that you can’t help but think that if this was in Quentin Tarantino’s hands it would have been an iconic, rather than a good, film! The ending was very disappointing but if you can forgive that, it is an entertaining, if somewhat ‘savage’, film!
Savages is in cinemas now