If there was ever a movie for brutes who don’t have time for complex plots or sudden twists and only want to be entertained by sex, drugs and violence while working on their six-pack (of beer), “Savages” meets every single requirement. It’s got a simple story to follow, sexiness in the forms of Blake Lively and Selma Hayek, and graphic bloody violence courtesy of Benicio Del Toro.
The movie revolves around two men and a babe whose love for each other are put to the test. Ben, a peaceful hippie type, and his brother from another mother, Chon, an ex-Navy SEAL with a love for violence, are chronic entrepreneurs who grow and distribute a sticky so icky that the THC basically attaches itself to your lungs. They’re living in Southern Cali where the scenery is drop dead gorgeous (Blu Ray really captures the beauty), they’re making money, getting high and sharing the heart and body of the love of their lives, Ophelia (Lively). Life is good and Kelis had nothing to do with it. But things get turned upside down when the Mexican Baja Cartel headed by La Reina Elena (Hayek) force the duo into a joint venture (pun intended) and kidnap Ophelia just to make sure they don’t skip town to save their asses.
As sexy and dangerous as Elena is, her enforcer Lado (Del Toro) keeps his menacing presence felt to keep things going smoothly. Lado is as feared in the game as LeBron James is. The man made his bones by torturing and decapitating the competition, and sending the videos to anyone he wanted to let know what was really hood.
But as any true hustler knows, always expect the unexpected, and what they didn’t expect was for a hippie and ex-SEAL to wage a seemingly unwinnable war against one of the strongest drug cartels in Mexico. Utilizing the help of a few ex-SEALS, a corrupt DEA agent (John Travolta) and a small army of tech and computer geeks (it was like a modern age Revenge of the Nerds type ish) Ben and Chon take viewers on an action-packed thrill ride that’s sure to bring Oliver Stone’s career back to relevancy (for the record, “W.” was crazy underrated). Needless to say, “Savages” is perfect entertainment for, well, savages.
Rated R / Unrated
Time: 142 Minutes
Blu-Ray Bonus Features
- Digital Copy of Savages – Theatrical Version
- Includes UltraViolet
- Deleted Scenes
- Stone Cold Savages
- Feature Commentary with Director Oliver Stone (Theatrical Version Only)
- Feature Commentary with Producers Eric Kopeloff & Moritz Borman, Co-Screenwriter/Novelist Don Winslow, Executive Producer/Co-Screenwriter Shane Salerno and Production Designer Tomas Voth (Theatrical Version Only)
- My Scenes
- pocket BLU App