A drug- and money-addled whirlwind of psychotic oneupmanship as well as a testament to the value of an omnivorous popular culture, Savages is Oliver Stone getting down and dirty and druggy. The end result, adapted from Don Winslow's novel by the author, Stone and Shane Salermo, is a glorious feast of violence, mayhem, dirty money and outstanding domestic and international booty. Good-hearted botanist Ben (Aaron Johnson) and stone-cold Army vet Chon (Taylor Kitsch) run a pleasant and progressive pot organization in California. The problem is, one of Mexico's biggest cartels has decided it wants to "go into partnership" with the two.
This is a sign to get out while the getting is good, so they aim to take their beloved girlfriend O (think Shakespeare, not Réage) and haul ass to Indonesia. Unfortunately, the head of the cartel in question (Salma Hayek, with Bettie Page bangs and brassy tenacity) has dispatched her right-hand psycho (Benicio del Toro) to kidnap O (Blake Lively) and set in motion two-plus hours of exploding, shredding, chainsaw-decapitating, pagan-sacrificing madness — after this film, I would happily hand Stone the keys to the Paranormal Activity and Funny Games franchises as well.