Savages is an Oliver Stone 2012 movie release with a nice 6.5 imdb rating. I wish I read the novel, but now it’s too late, I’ve already seen what’s about and there are better things to do than that. It seems my computer problems I had in the last week affected a lot of things, if it’s not another imdb glitch (one of the 40 Yiddish words everybody should know) not letting me log into my account.
Environmentalist in his soul and philanthropist Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his buddy Chon (Taylor Kitsch), run an “independent” Laguna Beach-based hemp growing and distributing operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele.
But they may have come up against something that they can’t easily handle-the mighty Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying “no” is not advisable. Dismantling any refuse to back down, the thugs kidnaps Ophelia called “O.”(named after the bi-polar dudette from Hamlet), the entrepreneur boys’ playmate and confidante. The reasons aren’t very explicit, it’s more a visual than an epic.
O‘s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate the spectator eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of an amazing high. – I really don’t know who said it, but it was on Barns & Noble’s site and I liked it. It’s obviously for the book, but in a way it’s in line with the movie too.
Taylor Kitsch, playing Chon is better than in any other two movies I’ve seen him (not important, Wolverine and John Carter). Blake Lively, another good surprise, I’ve heard the fresh Oscar winner J. Lawrence was the initial option for the role. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ben or “soft boy” as is nicknamed along, is significant only by looking a little hotter than he really is. Good, seems a little bit more mature as well, otherwise what can throw you more to maturity than already father two kids at 23. Benicio Del Toro, Lado, was perfect for the role. Incredibly hatable.
Salma Hayek, good as always, here as the Baja Cartel’s “Reyna” Demián Bichir, Alex, one of Hayek’s cronies is a name in cinema of whom I haven’t seen yet. John Travolta, almost credible, he’s always better in freaky roles than playing humans, uglier year by year. Mia Maestro is Lado’s tormented wife in a brilliant apparition. Emile Hirsch is a computer whiz, an IT guy along others of no importance.
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The movie is good looking, otherwise made no sense. An adventure, like a Turkish telenovela. Sexy but lacking the brilliant dialogue I’ve heard of in the book. Not Oliver Stone’s best movie, but much better than Wall Street II. A screenplay made collectively by Shane Salerno, Don Winslow, the book’s author, and Oliver Stone. 131′, 6.5 out of ten. Gripping your ears is the phone ringing tone and the skype’s as well. They’re the same everywhere! It’s a theme from a Mexican Show called El Chavo Del Ocho. The original name of the tune is “The Elephant Never Forgets: and is composed by Jean-Jacques Perrey.
Here you have the trailer. As I said, just an adventure.
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