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Oliver Stone tackles the drugs war in America's backyard

24 September 2012 1:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With his latest film Savages, the acclaimed Us director turns his vision to the murderous narcotics-fuelled conflict in Mexico

A man steps across the floor of what seems to be a basement or dungeon, on a film shot by a wobbly, handheld camera. Blood, sticky underfoot, runs beneath his boots – and the camera catches what seems to be a severed head. The scene is being played on a computer screen, watched by an intense young man, transfixed. A beautiful girl looks also, over his shoulder. "Is that Iraq?", she asks, squirming at the degenerate and apparently gratuitous cruelty. "Mexico," replies the man with a grunt, clearly terrified himself. Welcome to the latest film by Hollywood's – even America's – heretic-in-chief, Oliver Stone. Unsurprisingly, this brief exchange is charged with greater meaning than it appears at first sight, and the film's director has come to elaborate.

The physical presence of Oliver Stone is »

- Ed Vulliamy

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