This ought to kick start your weekend! Delivering on the promise of the first image we had a couple of months ago, here’s the first poster but more importantly, the first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Savages with Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively!
Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller "Savages," featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times' Top 10 Books of 2010.
Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
(edit: thanks to Playlist everyone can see this!)
Taylor Kitsch continues to impress me, but what’s surprising here (along with the fact that Blake Lively might just deliver on all of the faith big directors have placed in her in the past and give an actual performance) is that Oliver Stone seems to have managed to make Aaron Johnson sexy.
Savages costars Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. It opens in the US on July 6 and 28th September in the UK. I’m in, are you?