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Every time Oliver Stone comes to the big screen, the nostalgic thought comes to mind, (Wall Street), which is a great made film, and (Platoon) which won stone his first oscar win for best director. With a fantastic resume, Can Savages live up to the expectations of previous stone films?
Chon, played by (Taylor Kitsch) is part of a drug rising and selling business with his best friend Ben (Aaron Johnson). Together, they have an empire of marijuana. Also, in their empire, they are both in love with O (Blake Lively, who plays a true slut, Haha). Mexican Cartel leader Elena, played by the ever so beautiful, (Selma Hayek), who plays a very passionate cartel leader, who when seeing her on screen, you know she has complete power. Elena wants to work with Chon and Ben, and use their knowledge of the drug business to make one huge profit. Along the way we are introduced to Lado (Benicio Del Toro), who steals every single scene in the movie with such a charismatic style, and Dennis performed by (John Travolta), who personally I’m not a fan of, plays a surprisingly good part as a wacky, but intelligent C.I.A agent. With both Chon and Ben not accepting the generous offer from Elena, O is kidnapped and all hell breaks lose, with Chon and Ben doing whatever they can to get her back in their arms, and I mean will do “ANYTHING” to get her back.
Savages have fine performances all around, from Aaron Johnson, all the way to Travolta. Taylor Kitsch has had one horrible flop of a year. John Carter, and Battleship. I haven’t seen Battleship, but saw John Carter which I thought had a tone of potential, but just ended up being average. Both these two films have been major cinema flops. So, Kitsch has had a very unfortunate year. In Savages, I thought Taylor Kitsch had one of the finest performances, and enjoyed him a lot in his third leading role of the year. Overall, I believe Kitsch needs to stick to this type of realistic hard knocks role. The movie is very entertaining, with a good plot and good twists and turns. There are a couple of very eye opening action scenes, But those action scenes are only in the movie so the film can keep at a steady pace, especially with all the plot twists going on. Overall, Savages was high on my expectations list and I enjoyed this movie a lot. Defiantly one of the better movies I have seen this year. Glad to see Oliver Stone turned to the dark side of film. Savages is a very violent film, that works so well. Back to the question, does Savages live up to the resume of previous Oliver Stone film? I will happily say that Savages is Oliver Stone's better work in recent years, but no where near his best.