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Savages (2012)

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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
Rating:
R (for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$47,300,000.00
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Cast

Salma Hayek
as Elena
John Travolta
as Dennis
Jana Banker
as Volleyball Girl
Candra Docherty
as Grow House Girl
Patrick Fourmy
as Marijuana Distributor
Gary Stretch
as Badass Biker
Diego Catano
as Esteban
Karishma Ahluwalia
as Chad's Girlfriend
Joaquín Cosio
as El Azul
Kurt Collins
as Waiter
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
Samuel Medina
as Passenger
Ben Bray
as Cartel Member
Gonzalo Menendez
as Hernando
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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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (46)

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.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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

July 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.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
New York Observer
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

Savages isn't about anything except flashily directed mayhem. In this nest of vipers, it's the slitheriest varieties that survive -- at least for a time.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

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familiar stranger

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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.

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