Sunday, July 8, 2012


SAVAGES (2012) -starring- Benicio del Toro, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch & John Travolta. Directed by Oliver Stone. 

SYNOPIS: A drug cartel war drama/thriller which features plenty of sex (along w/ a three-some between two men and a "whore" as quoted in the film by Blake Lively -herself), a tiny bit of drugs, gruesome torture killings, and a pretty sick cast!

Director Oliver Stone; a "so-called" weed advocate, turns-back-the-clock and takes us on a wild n' crazy thrill-ride about how two best buds: Ben Aaron (played by Taylor-Johnson), a University of California/Berkeley graduate, and Chon (played by Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL; began growing and selling the world's highest quality bud right here in California. Ben is the "botanist & brains" while Chon is the "brawn & muscle" of the operation. Ophelia (played by Blake Lively) is their love interest and is the glue that keeps the threesome together –literally.

The intent of theKONGBLOG™ Reviews is to provide its audience a brief overview of its overall plot but promises to never give away the ending or outcome of the movie...we are the anti-spoiler. With that being said, Ophelia narrates her story as a Mexican cartel matriarch –Elena Sánchez (played by Salma Hayek); sends her henchmen -led by Lado, (played by Benicio del Toro) to kidnap her. In efforts to counter the kidnapping of the 'love of their lives', Ben & Chon seeks the help of dirty DEA –Dennis (played by John Travolta), the duo and their Navy SEAL buddies, goes toe-to-toe with the Mexican female drug warlord!

The veteran actors in the movie –Benicio del Toro, John Travolta & Salma Hayek were the key factors in making this film click. It's ironic that the three were -by far, the most charming, funny & sarcastic. The young actors were not totally convincing but they are up n' coming who still have a lot more room for growth on the screen. theKONGBLOG™ Inside Sources revealed that Jennifer Lawrence from THE HUNGER GAMES (2012) was originally slated to play the role of Ophelia in the movie...I do not and will not even want to fantasize how she would have looked in the sex scenes...a bucket of ice-cold water please!

In short, this film is a combination of TRUE ROMANCE (1993) + WILD THINGS (1998) + BLOW (2001) + MAN ON FIRE (2004) = SAVAGES. Oliver Stone who publicly admitted (along w/ the "late-great" Steve Jobs) that they do recreational drugs, apparently did way too much of it during the choice editing of the movie's climax. The first 2 hrs & 4 mins is SEX-CRAZED, KICK-A$$ & DRUG-FILLED while the last 5 minutes is equivalent to having a passion-filled "marathon" sex only to have the person "scream-out" their ex's name while you're trying to have an orgasm...hello Mr. Softee! What was leaning towards a 89 out of 100 rating abruptly transformed to 69 out of 100 because of its choice of ending. Therefore, overall rating: 75 out of 100.

[NOTE: SAVAGES (2012) would have rated higher if not for it's ending and if it weren't for similar films such as BLOW (2001) & CASINO (1995) being released prior to this.]

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