Savages (15, 129 mins) Thriller/Romance/Action Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benecio Del Toro, John Travolta, Emile Hirsch Director: Oliver Stone Released: Friday September 21
Bad things happen to bad people.
In Oliver Stone’s films, the wicked pay heavily for their manifold sins and the Oscar-winning writer-director certainly doles out tough justice to the godforsaken characters in this serpentine and sexually-charged immorality tale co-written by Shane Salerno and Don Winslow.
Violence begets more violence as two best friends with a thriving marijuana business are challenged for control of their idyllic strip of Laguna Beach in California by a powerful drug cartel.
No one here is truly innocent, even kidnap victims are painted in shades of grey.
The script spices up the back-stabbing and betrayal with breathless sex scenes between the good-looking leads, including a hazy, post-bong fumble that suggests three might not be a crowd after all.
Stone directs with typical gusto but he should have trimmed back the voiceover narration that occasionally errs towards unintentional hilarity.
Explosions of violence are graphic through pertinent to the plot with Taylor-Johnson and Kitsch solid in their roles as Lively wafts pretilly through her scenes in a drug-induced haze.
n Swearing, Sex, Violence n Rating: 6/10