I’ll admit it: I find Oliver Stone absolutely fascinating, if for no reason other than he’s completely unpredictable. You never know what the next project is going to be, and I would never have guessed it’d be something like The Savages. Based off the novel by Don Winslow, it’s the story of two pot dealers (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) and their mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively) who get tangled up with the big-time dealers, namely a Mexican drug cartel; headed by Salma Hayek and her psychopathic henchman Lado, played by Benicio Del Toro.
That’s already a bizarre and kind of awesome cast, but you can also throw in John Travolta as a crooked DEA agent, Emile Hirsch, and Uma Thurman. A lot of people get cranky about Blake Lively, particularly her role in The Town. All I can say is that I grew up with a lot of girls/women like her and… she kind of nailed it.
Anyway, here’s the trailer. It looks pretty great:
Oh, Benicio. You are so delightfully terrifying.
Stone hasn’t been great in his last couple of outings — Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was absolutely dreadful, and W. was nothing more than OK. But this looks like a kind of harsh, gritty fun. I’ve never read the novel, but I read Winslow’s Death and Life of Bobby Z which was absolutely fucking outstanding. It was, unfortunately, adapted into a movie in 2007 that starred Paul Walker. It is best if we don’t speak of it. Anyway, if nothing else the source material is probably pretty solid.