‘Savages’ is a movie partially written and completely directed by Oliver Stone, a director who is known to tap into the unexpected with each new endeavor. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Don Winslow.
Oliver Stone is a legend, known for films such as Scarface, Platoon, Born on the 4th of July, The Doors, JFK, Wall Street, etc. His opus is certainly admirable and shows that he is an artist whose vision stretches far beyond just one realm. Every movie he made was a step in an entirely different direction.
Still, the last thing anyone expected from him is to show up on the front page of ‘High Times’ smoking a joint and grinning right back at you. Of course, he made the gist to promote his new movie; there is no doubt about that. However, he also seems to be praising California weed as being the best in the world, casually referencing to the fact that he has been a cannabis connoisseur for most of his life. In a state where weed is seriously on the verge of becoming completely legal, this is the exact kind of push that could make the ball rolling again.
HIGH TIMES photo shoot and short interview:
Savages In a Nutshell
Two guys grow the best weed in the world because one of them majored in botany from Berkley. Not only do they share laughs, puffs and workspace, but they also share a girlfriend, played by Blake Lively who goes by the name of O, short for Ophelia. She gets kidnapped by, no other than, Benicio Del Toro who plays a resident henchman of a psychotic drug cartel run by Salma Hayek. Obviously, the cartel wants in on the weed business and that’s where things get ugly.
The trailer seems promising and we hope it delivers on that promise. Lets face it, there are plenty of weed movies out there that don’t really seem to be barking at the right tree. We all know weed is lovely but when somebody decides to make a movie about weed, its probably best not to smoke it during the filming and production process. It may be fun for the director and the actors (if they can remember their lines) but it wont really be a crowd pleaser. In short: ‘don’t get high on your own supply’. We hope Ol’ Stone did his research and decided not to make a cross between Miami Vice and CSI.
The movie is already out in the U.S. However, for those of you living in the UK, you’ll have to be patient until September 28th, when it hits cinemas over there. The reviews are already out and IMDB gave it an honest 6.8 out of 10, which is not bad, but still not tremendous for an Oliver Stone movie. We wont reveal any spoilers but from what we’ve heard – the movie is this year’s perfect summer blockbuster.