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Writers:
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Release Date:
6 July 2012 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A competent film, but not nearly among Stone's best ones See more (256 total) »

Cast

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Blake Lively ... O

Taylor Kitsch ... Chon

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ben (as Aaron Johnson)
Jana Banker ... Volleyball Girl
Candra Docherty ... Grow House Girl
Nana Ghana ... Bicycle Delivery Girl (as Nana Agyapong)

Gary Stretch ... Bad Ass Biker

Benicio Del Toro ... Lado

Diego Cataño ... Esteban

Shea Whigham ... Chad

Karishma Ahluwalia ... Chad's Girlfriend

Joaquín Cosio ... El Azul

John Travolta ... Dennis

Jonathan Carr ... Valet

Demian Bichir ... Alex (as Demián Bichir)

Antonio Jaramillo ... Jaime

Salma Hayek ... Elena

Jake McLaughlin ... Doc / Sniper

Alex Wraith ... Sam / Sniper (as Alexander Wraith)
Anthony Cutolo ... Billy / Sniper

Emile Hirsch ... Spin

Kurt Collins ... Waiter

Amber Dixon Brenner ... Sophia / Cartel Girl (as Amber Dixon)

Leonard Roberts ... Hayes / 'O' Security

Joel David Moore ... Craig

Ali Wong ... Claire

Sala Baker ... Motorcycle Cop

Sandra Echeverría ... Magda
Tara Stone ... Mall Shopper
Matthew Saldivar ... Cartel Technician

Sean Stone ... Eric / Marijuana Grower
Wilfredo Lopez ... Cartel Enforcer #1

Marco Morales ... Cartel Enforcer #2

Lucinda Serrano ... Myrna / DEA Translator

Charles Haugk ... DEA Agent

Sam Medina ... Cartel Heist Driver

Ben Bray ... Cartel Heist Passenger

Gonzalo Menendez ... Hernando / Cartel Associate

Maya Merker ... Elena's Maid

Donnabella Mortel ... TV News Reporter

Trevor Donovan ... Matt / Magda's Boyfriend

Leana Chavez ... Gloria / Mexican Girlfriend

Gillian Zinser ... Beach Girl

Florine Elena Deplazes ... Beach Girl (as Florine Deplazes)

Kaj Mollenhauer ... Sarah / Dennis' Daughter #1
Alexandra Gold Jourden ... Hannah / Dennis' Daughter #2 (as Lexi Jourden)
Charles Ingram ... Cartel Sniper

Akima ... Indian Chief
Dennis Garcia ... Tribal Cop
Eddie Follis ... DEA Agent
Holly Follis ... DEA Agent

Mía Maestro ... Dolores

Schae Harrison ... Dennis' Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Baha ... DEA Agent (uncredited)

Bill Blair ... DEA Agent (uncredited)

Tatjana Bluchel ... Beachgoer (uncredited)
Chester the Chihuahua ... Chihuahua (uncredited)

Craig Cole ... Hot Beach Guy (uncredited)
Robbie Corbett ... Drug Courier (uncredited)

Sarah B. Downey ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Lino Dumont ... Cancer Patient at Weed Shop (uncredited)
Stephen Dunham ... Six (uncredited)

Paris Dylan ... Beach Guy (uncredited)

Ralph Echemendia ... Paul (uncredited)
Micah Femia ... Hippie (uncredited)
Patrick Fourmy ... Marijuana Distributor (uncredited)

Freedom ... DEA Agent (uncredited)

Chuy Garcia ... Gardener (uncredited)

Jade Grace ... Volleyball Girl #1 (uncredited)

Olesya Grushko ... Sun Worshiper (uncredited)

Erin Hammond ... Mall Shopper (uncredited)

Ami Haruna ... Annie (uncredited)

Nick Hermz ... Lado Cartel #2 (uncredited)

Mylo Ironbear ... Tribal Officer Padden (uncredited)

Bobby Jasso ... Henchman #2 (uncredited)

Brett Johnson ... Hot Beach Guy (uncredited)

Ron Kari ... Biker on Bike (uncredited)

Neko Kelly ... Roler Blader (uncredited)
Sun Jae Kim ... Hot Beachgoer (uncredited)

Aaron Kunitz ... Young Chon (uncredited)
Julio Leal ... Beheading Victim (uncredited)

Jessica Lee ... Li (uncredited)

Anthony Martins ... Cartel Guy #2 (uncredited)

Livia Milano ... Woman on Escalator (uncredited)

Jonathan Patrick Moore ... Beach Guy (uncredited)

TJ Myers ... Restaurant Guest (uncredited)

Brett Nichols ... Eric's Associate #2 (uncredited)
Dominic Prampin ... Lado's Crony (uncredited)

Alan D. Purwin ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Matt Riedy ... Seven (uncredited)

Tony Sagastizado I ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Tatiana Sarasty ... Annie's Friend (uncredited)
Mauricio Solis ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Elena Varela ... Maria (uncredited)

Sal Velez Jr. ... Cartel Member (uncredited)

Robson Vieira ... Brazilian Translator Diego Santos (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Stone 
 
Writing credits
Shane Salerno (screenplay) &
Don Winslow (screenplay) &
Oliver Stone (screenplay)

Don Winslow (novel)

Produced by
Todd Arnow .... executive producer
Evan Bates .... associate producer
Moritz Borman .... producer
Eric Kopeloff .... producer
Shane Salerno .... executive producer
Fernando Sulichin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Adam Peters 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Mindel (director of photography) (as Dan Mindel)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Hutshing 
Stuart Levy 
Alex Marquez 
 
Casting by
Sarah Finn 
 
Production Design by
Tomas Voth  (as Tomás Voth)
 
Art Direction by
Lisa Vasconcellos 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Nye 
 
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects
Rhonda Ann Burns .... hair stylist
Bill Corso .... makeup department head
Sasha Glasser .... makeup production assistant
Carey Jones .... special makeup effects: KNB supervisor
Mary L. Mastro .... hair department head
Randi Mavestrand .... makeup: second unit
Mike Mekash .... makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects (as Gregory Nicotero)
Elaine L. Offers .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Todd Arnow .... unit production manager
Sheryl Benko .... post-production supervisor
Eric Kopeloff .... unit production manager
Meredith Meade .... production supervisor: splinter unit
Daniel A. Mondschain .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Cho .... second second assistant director
Peter Dress .... second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director: second unit
Tao Ruspoli .... second unit consultant: splinter unit
Andrew Ward .... first assistant director: splinter unit
Maileen Williams .... second assistant director: splinter unit
Taylor Phillips .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Isidoro Avila .... set dresser
Tamar Barnoon .... assistant set decorator
John Bevan Jr. .... set dresser
Don 'Tex' Clark .... additional on-set dresser: Los Angeles
Xavier Corby .... on-set dresser
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Skip Crank .... assistant property master
R. Scott Doran .... lead man
Monica Fedrick .... lead graphic designer
James Fernandez .... on set dresser
Chela Fiorini .... property assistant
Andrew P. Flores .... stand by painter (as Andy Flores)
Yvonne Garnier-Hackl .... set designer
Alberto Gonzalez-Reyna .... assistant art director
Melissa Harrison .... art department coordinator
Michael A. Heath .... prop paperwork
Nadia Soraya Hennrich Kock .... set dresser
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator
Sean D. Jackson .... set dresser
Steven Kissick .... general foreman
Thomas D. Krausz .... set dresser
Richard Lepore .... greensman
Thomas Machan .... set designer
Douglas McKay .... set dresser
Josh McKevitt .... art department assistant
Joshua Mckevitt .... art department production assistant
Marc Meisels .... gang boss
Paul Pastorelli .... gang boss
Liz V. Phillips .... props production assistant
Roger Prater .... greensman
Kira Qwan .... art department production assistant
Chris Samp .... set painter & standby painter
Alex Sessing .... greens foreman
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
Adrian Valdes .... paint supervisor
Jason Vanover .... key greensman
Clint Carney .... prop maker (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Jason Patrick Collins .... utility sound technician
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Kris Fenske .... sound effects editor
Michael Fowler .... adr mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor
Shane Hayes .... adr recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Tim Hoagland .... re-recording mix technician
Mark Holden .... adr engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer: additional photography
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Dror Mohar .... sound editor
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Brett Rothfeld .... adr recordist
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Branden Spencer .... first assistant sound supervisor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Renee Tondelli .... supervising sound editor
Tami Treadwell .... adr mixer
Tim West .... adr mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Russell Heeks .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Austin .... special effects technician
Mark R. Byers .... special effects supervisor
Sam Dean .... special effects on-set technician
Al Marangoni .... special effects technician
Nick Marra .... special effects makeup
Ken Rudell .... special effects technician
Keith Suzuki .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
David Burton .... visual effects supervisor: With A Twist Studio
Harry Eisenstein .... compositor
Gizem Ersavas .... digital matte painter: Crazy Horse Effects
Bradley Gaines .... compositor: With A Twist Studio
Christina Graff .... visual effects producer
Paul Graff .... visual effects supervisor
Pam Hammarlund .... visual effects producer: With A Twist Studio
Hetal Jain .... producer: BOT VFX
Derek Ledbetter .... digital compositor
Blake Loyd .... compositor
Adam Matis .... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
David Matusek .... visual effects editor
Luke McDonald .... digital effects supervisor: CHE
Patrick Paul Mullane .... matte painting: Crazy Horse effects
Howard Nourmand .... main title designer
Brian Sales .... compositing supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
Sankarasubramanian .... paint & rotoscoping supervisor: BOT VFX
Gregory S. Scribner .... compositing supervisor
Hitesh Shah .... producer: BOT VFX
Carl Stern .... compositor
Frank Synowicz .... visual effects artist
Judy Webster .... visual effects coordinator
Sam Winkler .... compositor
Magdalena Wolf .... visual effects production manager
Christian Zeiler .... digital compositor: Crazy Horse Effects
Rose Adler .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Brandon Bartlett .... cg supervisor: With A Twist Studio (uncredited)
Srikanth .... lead paint/prep artist: BOT VFX (uncredited)
Jason Ullrich .... compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ramon Antonio .... precision driver
Ben Bray .... stunt actor
Geo Corvera .... stunt driver
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Eyad Elbitar .... stunt driver
Paul Eliopoulos .... stunt driver
Paul Eliopoulos .... stunt performer
Roberto C Escobar .... stunt driver
Mark Fichera .... stunt double: Taylor Kitsch
Colin Follenweider .... stunts
Victor Harris .... precision driver
Nick Hermz .... stunt performer
Logan Holladay .... stunts
Martin Klebba .... stunts
Anthony Martins .... stunts
Michelle Alvarado Martins .... stunt double: Salma Hayek (as Michelle Alvarado)
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Ed McDermott II .... stunt driver
Sam Medina .... stunt actor
Mariano Mendoza .... stunt player
Marco Morales .... stunt driver
Kimberly Shannon Murphy .... stunt double: Blake Lively
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom .... stunt driver
Lin Oeding .... stunt pre-viz
Jimmy Ortega .... stunt double: Benicio Del Toro
Mario Perez .... stunt driver
James Peyton .... precision driver
Kevin Scott .... stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Sal Velez Jr. .... stunts
Victor Winters-Junco .... stunt driver
Keith Woulard .... stunt coordinator
Nico Woulard .... stunt double: Demian Bichir
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tigran Aghasaryan .... dolly grip: "a" camera, second unit
Dominic Aluisi .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Bangma .... libra head technician
Robert 'Boceno' Campbell .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Philippe Carr-Forster .... camera operator: "a" camera
Andy Chen .... camera production assistant: second unit
Demetrie Cooley .... best boy grip: second unit
John Davies .... fixtures foreman
Keith B. Davis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Eric Dvorsky .... aerial camera technician
David Edsall .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Simon England .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Kevin Fahey .... rigging key grip
Clayton Fowler .... grip
Charley Gilleran .... key grip
Brandon Gleave .... lighting technician
Brandon Gleave .... set lighting technician
Jerardo Gomez .... electrician
Chris Haarhoff .... camera operator
Chris Hill .... video playback
Patrick Hoeschen .... lighting technician
Walrus J.U.I.C.E. Howard .... assistant camera
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... additional video assist
Greg Karamov .... key grip: second unit
Michael Kelem .... aerial director of photography: splinter unit (as Mike Kelem)
Matthew J. Lloyd .... director of photography: second unit
Johan Martínez .... lighting technician
David William McDonald .... second assistant camera: a camera 2nd unit
Brian Minzlaff .... set lighting technician
Paul Murphey .... key digital video assist operator
Yen P. Nguyen .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Serge Nofield .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography: splinter unit (as David Nowell)
Morten Petersen .... lighting technician
Christopher Prampin .... gaffer
Brad Rea .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Mike Sanchez .... supervising video engineer
Marlen Schlawin .... camera loader: second unit
Brent Studler .... electrician
John Tanzer .... gaffer: second unit
Don Telles .... rigging grip
Cameron Thorburn .... grip
Hootly Weedn .... set lighting technician
Eric Yu .... digital imaging technician: second unit
 
Casting Department
Michelle Beatty .... extras casting
Judith Bouley .... casting consultant
Chris Bustard .... extras casting
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting
Deborah Gabinetti .... casting: Indonesia
Tamara Hunter .... casting associate
Terry L. Lamfers .... casting executive
Philip Walton .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Bowman .... costume assistant
Michele Flynn .... head ager/dyer
Karen Franke .... costumer coordinator
Laurel Frushour .... set costumer
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor
Jason M. Moore .... set costumer
Daniel Grant North .... costume supervisor
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Marcy Rector .... costumer
Marta Villalobos .... costumer
Tim Wegman .... costume shopper
Carmen Rodrigues Davis .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Angel Askins .... digital intermediate producer
David Bilow .... first assistant editor
Richard A. Eisenstein .... post-production technician
Elliott Eisman .... assistant editor
Zack Fox .... post-production assistant
Brian Gee .... assistant editor: Fotokem
Andy Kaplan .... senior digital intermediate producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate colorist
Matthew W. Johnson .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eric Bradley .... musician: whistler
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Geneviève Thomas Colvin .... music coordinator
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Nick Glennie-Smith .... conductor
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
Tom Hardisty .... music scoring recordist
Stephen Hilton .... musician: keyboards and programming
Bryce Jacobs .... guitars
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Christopher Kaller .... ProTools music coordinator
Kevin Kaska .... orchestrator
Paul Kelly .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Krimstock .... guitarist
Jonathan Krimstock .... musician
T.J. Lindgren .... additional arranging and programming
Frank Macchia .... music preparation
Alan Meyerson .... music scoring mixer
Mac Quayle .... additional programming
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Carl Rydlund .... orchestrator
Ruwanga 'Ru' Samath .... composer: additional music
Robert Schaper .... music editor
Adam Schmidt .... music recording engineer
Monica Sonand .... technical score engineer
Christian Wenger .... mix assistant
Devin Johnson .... assistant to the composer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronald Augustus .... production van driver
Karen Bathalter .... dot administrator
Daniel Davis .... driver
Ken Farnell .... transportation co-captain
Keith D. Fisher .... transportation captain
Curt Michael Grooms .... transportation co-captain
Garner Humphrey .... driver
Margo Hunt .... driver
Bill Lopez-Arjona .... transportation
Charles Montgomery .... driver
Cyril O'Neil .... picture car consultant
Don Poole .... driver: Oliver Stone
Tom Rebber .... picture car coordinator
Richard C. Ryan .... driver/generator operator
Tim Sisson .... transportation
Aaron Skalka .... transportation coordinator
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Jay Thompson .... driver
Paul Tumber .... transportation
Gary Thomas Williams .... driver (as Gary 'Little G' Williams)
 
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Jesse J. Adams .... production assistant
Ted Alvarez .... key assistant location manager
Alex Ballar .... stand-in
Drew Barnett-Hamilton .... production secretary
Nicholas S. Biron .... location scout
Jules-César Bréchet .... production assistant
Kevin A. Canamar .... supervising set medic
Andy Chen .... production assistant
Nick Costantino .... first assistant accountant
Bryan Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Drew Maximillion Davis .... production assistant
Rafael Echemendia .... computer security expert
Ralph Echemendia .... computer security consultant
Louis Farah .... medic
Scott Fitzgerald .... key assistant location manager
Robert Foulkes .... location manager
Mairead Gaffney .... production assistant
Matthew J. Gannon .... production assistant
Michael Paul Gibben .... stand-in
Amy K. Green .... second assistant accountant
Judd Greener .... production assistant
Amanda Harrington .... assistant location manager
Cary Heckman .... location scout
Trey Holland .... assistant: Taylor Kitsch
Sean Jennings .... additional production assistant
Kim Khoo .... production secretary
Chris Kieffer .... video playback graphics
Brian Patrick Kinney .... key assistant location manager
Amanda Klein .... second assistant accountant
Janet Lee .... assistant: Mr. Stone
Evan Liss .... medic
Israel Lliteras .... site representative
Marguerite Lliteras .... studio operations manager
Tamara Maellaro .... medic
Stephen Mapel .... location manager
Owen Maxwell .... production assistant
Kevin McKeon .... assistant: Mr. Kopeloff
Meredith Meade .... production coordinator
Roni Meron .... stand-in: Salma Hayek
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Jennifer S. Milliman .... production assistant
Brian Nailing .... cook
Manny Padilla .... location scout
Michael Panevics .... armorer
David Park .... key assistant location manager
David Park .... location scout
Monica Perez Gelbman .... post-production accountant
Joshua Brian Pierce .... asset coordinator
Catherine Pittman .... dog trainer
Rebecca Robertson .... script supervisor
Rick Roesch .... payroll accountant
Jill Rosenblatt .... production accountant
Alfonso F. Ruiz .... key assistant location manager
Courtney Salmon .... assistant: Ms. Hayek
Rahim Samadian .... office production assistant
Richard Schuler .... location manager
Blair Skinner .... office production assistant
Ben Skorstad .... helicopter pilot
Timothy I. Stevenson .... assistant to producer
Jason Suhrke .... key set production assistant: second unit
Joshua Sussman .... assistant: Mr. Borman
Kim Thio .... paramedic: construction/rigging
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory contact
William Vasquez .... production assistant
Samara Vise .... production assistant
John Weber .... production office assistant
Kirk Worley .... key assistant location manager
Sean Yopchick .... production assistant
Britney Young .... accounting clerk
Keegan Zall .... craft service: visual effects unit
Larry Zanoff .... armorer
Jerome Zelle .... assistant craft service
Tanya F. Zora .... production assistant
Stephen Bridgewater .... drama coach (uncredited)
Dana Curt .... set medic (uncredited)
Joseph M. Horrigan .... consultant: athletic performance (uncredited)
Nikhil Jassawalla .... consultant (uncredited)
Nick Loren .... double for John Travolta (uncredited)
Kyle Oliver .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Joshua Sussman .... production coordinator: Indonesian Unit (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Oliver Stone .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout
Runtime:
131 min | USA:141 min (unrated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Ontario) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Germany:18 (extended version) | Germany:16 (theatrical version) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ (cut) | Japan:R18+ (uncut) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) (cinema release) | UK:18 (uncut) (video release) | USA:R (certificate #47564)
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Trivia:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Garrett Hedlund and James Franco were considered to play Ben.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The headrests in Chon and Ben's Jeep disappear are reappear several times depending on the scene. They are missing when Dennis gets in to talk with them. Later in the desert ambush scene, they have been replaced.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
O:[voice-over] Just because I'm telling you this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it. This could all be pre-recorded and I could be talking to you from the bottom of the ocean. Yeah, it's that kind of a story. Because things just got so out of control.
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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A competent film, but not nearly among Stone's best ones, 13 September 2012
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina

Oliver Stone is one of my favorite directors, and I think his best creative period was during the '90s, when he made such memorable films as Natural Born Killers, JFK and The Doors. In those movies, Stone saturated our senses while hypnotizing us with intense narratives of an imposing strength. His most recent film, Savages, isn't nearly among his best ones, but I found it entertaining and worthy of a moderate recommendation.

Savages is a "sweaty noir" with modest narrative aspirations and few interest in transmitting some social message, or in satirizing the portrayed situations. Sure, I would have preferred something as deep as Born on the Fourth of July, or as over the top as Any Given Sunday...but anyway, Savages managed to keep me entertained, mainly because of Stone's exuberant and febrile style. I also have to say that Savages shouldn't be taken as a realistic tale, because even though it deals with the brutal effects of "narc-wars", it doesn't pretend to be a hippie version of Traffic, but a stylized psychedelic fable with too many coincidences and dramatic affectations in order to be taken seriously. The "heroes" aren't good; they are just less evil than the villains; and their destiny is only guided by the whims from the screenplay, as we can see during that double ending which looks like a bad joke.

However, I think the weakest element from Savages is Blake Lively's poor performance. She's completely incapable of displaying honest emotions, so she isn't credible at all, and she doesn't inspire any interest in her character. Fortunately, the rest of the actors makes a good work. Benicio del Toro is genuinely frightening as the hit-man Lado, because of all the evilness he's able to transmit just with his look. John Travolta is perfect as a corrupt D.E.A. agent who is incapable of controlling a situation he himself created. And I surprisingly liked Taylor Kitsch's performance; I had previously never swallowed this actor, but his work in Savages is solid, and he also has a good chemistry with Aaron Johnson.

Going back to negative elements from Savages, the screenplay presents some problems of logic and structure (this film is based on a novel, so the reason of those problems could be because of an excessively condensed and superficial adaptation). Nevertheless, I think Savages is a competent film, and I can moderately recommend it mainly because of Stone's direction and the performances (with the exception of Lively's).

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