Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  130 min.
Release Date: July 6, 2012
DVD: November 13, 2012
Netflix: June 1, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.42
based on 190 votes and 62 reviews
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Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, Demián Bichir

Inspiration: Don Winslow's Savages


Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—growing some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake 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 (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John 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.

Director: Oliver Stone
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Eric Kopeloff, Moritz Borman
Screenplay: Shane Salerno, Don Winslow, Oliver Stone
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  • 4 stars "the plot and story were a messy, however it was still entertaining nonetheless."
  • 4 stars "Benicio del Toro is supposed to sound like a Mexican, but without a doubt he sounds like an American Indian. I live in northern Alberta, and I know what a native sounds like."
  • 3 stars "enjoyed this high-octane movie. Good performances, especially Salma Hayak"