It's been two years since director Oliver Stone's horrid sequel to his classic film, Wall Street, and the stench of it still lingers in the air.
But the Oscar-winning director (Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July) may bounce back on top with his latest gritty crime flick with an all-star cast. Savages brings together Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek (both of whom I hope will be making comebacks as well), with Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (A Better Life), Blake Lively, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta and longtime cinema sidekick Uma Thurman in a movie following two pothead brothers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) who go head to head with a Mexican drug cartel who snatched up their girl (Lively). SlashFilm has the full synopsis:
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 Demián 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.
And it looks like Lively is back to getting caught up with the wrong crowd in another movie. I actually thought she was pretty good in The Town, so I'm looking forward to see her in this. But she is the "girlfriend" of both the leads? That should be...interesting, to say the least.
Savages hits theaters July 6th.