Oliver Stone’s most recent film, “Savages,” is an adaptation of a Don Winslow novel. Winslow, of course, is a bit of a legend in Southern California noir and mystery fiction circles.
The film finds two friends and pot business partners, Aaron Johnson (“Nowhere Boy,” “Kick-Ass”) and Taylor Kitsch (fresh off his “John Carter” bomb), attempting to retrieve their plaything, Ophelia (played by Blake Lively, still trying to be prove she’s a “serious” actress), from the Mexican Baja Cartel that wants in on the boys’ business.
Alongside the eye candy—Aaron Johnson is really the only one of the three with serious acting chops—a bunch of older actors round out the cast, including Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Demián Bichir, who played an exquisite version of Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che.” Apparently, Emile Hirsh is set to play a role in the film as the character Spin.
As for the look of the film, it looks rather garden variety—that is, sleek and not much else; but Stone always crafts something worth watching.