Taken from Don Winslow's novel, the Oliver Stone fulminator
Your marijuana business may receive unwanted interest from representatives of a Mexican drug cartel, and there may be some torture and head-removal by chain saw related to your interactions with that cartel. But with luck those things will happen to lesser players in your story, not you.
Main players in a moment, but first, the supporting cast.
Best of show here:
Each time Del Toro rolls into the frame in "Savages," about to put the hammer down on an unfortunate colleague or submit to a verbal pistol-whipping from Ms. Big, he sends up the material ever so slyly.
A generation ago (in the Bond film "License to Kill") Del Toro transcended the limited opportunities afforded by a garden-variety henchman. He's still transcending those boundaries without trashing the material, which comes more or less pre-trashed, the actor affirms his character actor wiles with every sinister flourish. How can you hate a guy who loves his job so much?
"Savages" is a silly and self-serious movie, but its juiciest turns (
When the Baja crew tries to muscle in on the white boys' action, "Savages" flirts with indictments of the war on drugs in between scenes of flamboyant brutality. In one such bit, recent Oscar nominee
'Savages' -- 2 stars
MPAA rating: R (for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout)
Running time: 2:10