It’s been 15 years since Oliver Stone unleashed the brutal and brilliant U-Turn, and nearly 20 years since Natural Born Killers. I am not complaining at his output since, with Any Given Sunday being a truly awesome film and his political stuff, like W being great (although I am willing to ignore World Trade Centre ever existed), and while I enjoyed Alexander, I didn’t much like Wall Street 2 and I have been waiting since U-Turn for Stone to direct another film like that. My wish has been granted with his new film, Savages, and I think, judging by the trailer, that the title more than does the film justice!
This looks like Stone putting all the serious stuff to one side and having some fun with an all out action film filmed with tons of gratuitous violence, and from the looks of it, a smattering of sex too. Ah Mr Stone, I have missed you brutal ways, and I cannot wait for Savages to grace our cinema screens.
Directed by Oliver Stone, the film has an incredible cast which includes John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Trevor Donovan and Joel David Moore. Currently in post-production, the film is due to arrive in UK cinemas on 28th September.
Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
By Matt Wavish