Savages (2012)


Critic Consensus: It's undeniably messy, but Savages finds Oliver Stone returning to dark, fearlessly lurid form.


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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. -- (C) Universal

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Jana Banker
as Volleyball Girl
Candra Docherty
as Grow House Girl
Patrick Fourmy
as Marijuana Distributor
Gary Stretch
as Badass Biker
Karishma Ahluwalia
as Chad's Girlfriend
Amber Dixon Brenner
as Sophia/Cartel Girl
Leonard Roberts
as Hayes/O's Security
Ali Wong
as Claire
Sala Baker
as Motorcycle Cop
Tara Stone
as Mall Shopper
Matthew Saldivar
as Cartel Technician
Sean Stone
as Eric/Marijuana Grower
Wilfredo Lopez
as Strip Mall Cartel
Marco Morales
as Cartel Guy
Charlie Haugk
as DEA Agent
Sam Medina
as Passenger
Ben Bray
as Cartel Member
Maya Merker
as Elena's Maid
Donnabelle Mortel
as TV News Reporter
Trevor Donovan
as Matt/Magda's Boyfriend
Leana Chavez
as Gloria/Mexican Girlfriend
Gillian Zinser
as Beach Girl
Kaj Mollenhauer
as Sarah/Dennis' Daughter #1
Alexandra "Lexi" Gold Jourden
as Hannah/Dennis' Daughter #2
Charles Ingram
as Cartel Sniper
Akima Castaneda
as Indian Castaneda
Denis Garcia
as Tribal Cop
Eddie Follis
as DEA Agent
Holly Follis
as DEA Agent
Mia Maestro
as Dolores
Schae Harrison
as Dennis' Wife
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Critic Reviews for Savages

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (47)

The film would have been so much more interesting if the two men had been identical twins played by the same actor-like Jeremy Irons in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.

Jun 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Savages plays up to Stone's worst tendencies: machismo, bombast and self-indulgence, and the factor that could conceivably have made this movie tolerable - humour - is off the menu.

Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It all smacks of trying too hard to mask the absence of strong material.

Sep 18, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Stone devotes considerable ingenuity to making atrocity appear as a terrifying kind of home movie, but "Savages" is no more than a summertime debauch.

Jul 23, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.

Jul 12, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Savages points to a problem with gifted directors, which Stone is, like him or not: They can make a movie that aggravates, infuriates, falters even, but they can really make a movie.

Jul 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Savages

Rather long, and rather involved...but I liked it. Definitely plenty of blood, sex, violence, and brutality. This IS an Oliver Stone movie, and his movies are not known for totally adhering to reality. This one included. Yes, some of the characters were somewhat over the top and exaggerated, but that's what Oliver Stone does. I am NOT a huge fan of his, but I think that he did a really good job on this one...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Salma Hayek is given a role that suits her (age-wise & acting-wise), but the lead actress was terrible. The two lead actors were about okay. The ending was nonsensical, although like many did, I didn't find the rest of the movie that incredible. A mediocre presentation by O.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Savages was a great thriller. I loved most of it. The actors are in a wide variety. I enjoyed that. There are some performances that were so, so and others that really stood out. The two male leads are drool worthy, but besides that, they did an awesome job in the movie. I love Taylor Kitsch and have bee a fan of his since his Friday Night Lights days. The ones who bothered me the most was Travolta and Hayek. I thought they both were over dramatic and cartoonish in their performance. Especially Travolta. Blake Lively is another one who bothered me. I have yet to see her in a role where she doesn't come off bored and uninterested. It's like she's just a pretty girl they put in the film to look at. She is forgetful and a boring actress who never brings any worth to the films she miraculously gets roles in. But besides those flaws, the film was actually pretty good. I thought it could have been tied up better at the end, but still a good film worth seeing.


Super Reviewer

"Savages" is a welcome return to appropriately lurid form for Oliver Stones. A whole lot of bloody, messy, and stylish fun can be found within the confines of it's bloated running time, just as long as you're willing to overlook a few obvious (but not deal breaking) flaws.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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