Came to the limelight in the end of this week, the R-rated flick from director Oliver Stone is an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel, and it certainly does not hold back on the violent action or shy away from exploring the sexual triangle between its young leads, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch.
While, rounding out the cast are seasoned actors (Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and John Travolta), and in spite of the mature content matter, critics have not been shying away.
“Savages” is Oliver Stone doing what he should have done a long time ago: making a tricky, amoral, down-and-dirty crime thriller that’s blessedly free of any social, topical or political relevance. No doubt, the story is pretty straightforward: a pair of young, entrepreneurial marijuana dealers in Laguna Beach, Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a hard-nosed, bullet-headed Sluggo and Afghanistan veteran who returned from his stint with seeds for optimal marijuana, and Ben (Aaron Johnson), a scruffy-bearded, soft-featured botanist-businessman with an idealistic green streak, are confronted by a Mexican drug gang that wants a piece of their business. However, the story is drawing the attention of the readers.