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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
John Travolta
Uma Thurman
Aaron Johnson
Blake Lively
Taylor Kitsch
Salma Hayek
Benicio Del Toro
Directors
Oliver Stone
Screenwriters
Shane Salerno
Don Winslow
Oliver Stone
Running Time
131 minutes

Savages
Gone to pot


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Plot
Ben (Johnson), Chon (Kitsch) and O (Lively) are happy living a relatively easy Laguna Beach life funded by the boys’ pot business. But then the Baja Cartel, run by the fearsome Elena (Hayek) comes calling with a proposition, and the price of turning it down will be very high indeed...


Verdict
What could have been an effective excoriation of US drug policy and a proper look at the violence inherent in the trade is wasted on a simplistic thriller that offers very little, especially given who is behind the camera. Sorry if that harshes anyone’s buzz.


Reviewed by William Thomas

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