Savages is an upcoming Action/Thriller movie starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Blake Lively and Salma Hayek. The main cast is also joined by Benicio del Toro and John Travolta. Savages is directed by Oliver Stone who based the film on the novel of Don Winslow. This new Oliver Stone film is going to be released on July 6th 2012. Let’s take a look at what can be expected on the film “Savages”
“Savages: The Intricacy Behind The Film
A few weeks ago, I published a piece about the book “Savages” by Don Winslow, the inspiration for Oliver Stone’s new film that arrives in theaters next week, and I said in that piece that I hoped his sensibilities would mesh with the material in a way that provoked great work from this long-dormant giant.
While I don’t think “Savages” represents the very best that Stone has ever committed to film, I also think he’s a different guy, looking at something that he would have shot one way in 1995, and he’s reacting to it in a different way. Stone reveals himself in the one major choice where the film is different than the book, and in what has to be the most shocking thing Stone could add to his repertoire, he’s gone every so slightly gooey. He loves these dumb, lucky, beautiful kids, and he’s rooting for them every step of the way.
Stone hasn’t always loved the losers he has immortalized, but he has been fascinated by them. When you look at “Salvador” or “Platoon” or “Born On The Fourth Of July” or “JFK,” these lead characters are men who are pushed to some moral breaking point, some character defining extreme, and they all crumble before they rebound, if they rebound at all. Jim Garrison is the “hero” of Stone’s “JFK,” which is sort of radical in the very notion because Garrison’s legacy is a whole lot of failure and conjecture, a rabbit hole of crazy that may well obfuscate some genuine truth that he helped uncover as well. Who knows? Who can know at this point? Stone loves Garrison and sees him as a hero not because he accomplished anything but because, no matter what anyone else or common sense said, he tried. And that, more than anything, is what Stone respects and idealizes. That determination in the face of everything.
“Savages” tells the story of a perfectly-balanced love triangle between Chon (Taylor Kitsch), Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Ophelia (Blake Lively), who everyone just calls “O.” Ben and Chon sell marijuana. Well, they grow it, actually, and on a massive scale, running a major operation that has been scientifically fine-tuned to produce jaw-droppingly powerful medical-grade marijuana that is both sold in California through regular collectives and shipped overseas at a much higher price. They do well for themselves, and it allows them to live the lives they dream of living. Ben travels around the world doing charity working, finding meaning in the hands-on help of others. Chon keeps an eye on things and takes no shit from anyone..”
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