Savages (2012)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Salerno, Don Winslow, Oliver Stone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2012
Box Office: $47.3M
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as Esteban

as Chad's Girlfriend

as El Azul

as Sophia/Cartel Girl

as Hayes/O's Security

as Claire

as Motorcycle Cop

as Mall Shopper

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as Cartel Guy

as DEA Agent

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as Elena's Maid

as TV News Reporter

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as Beach Girl

as Sarah/Dennis' Daught...

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as Cartel Sniper

as Indian Castaneda

as Tribal Cop

as DEA Agent

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as Dolores

as Dennis' Wife

as Craig
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Critic Reviews for Savages

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (45)

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

Visually dazzling, if a bit bluntly simplistic and over-written. In other words, it's an Oliver Stone movie.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A richly entertaining adaptation of Winslow's novel.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

A well-told tale of power, corruption and uncivilized people who use violence and murder to achieve success.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

An unabashedly lurid sun-and-surf ménage-à-trois cum drug-running caper, with touches of Jacobean tragedy for good measure.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Stone lights up a big fat one guaranteed to get you high anew on a filmmaker widely thought to have long lost his potency. And true to weed's notorious side effects, his stash is strong enough to obliterate the memory of drags like 'Alexander.'

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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.

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

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

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