Set for release on July 6, 2012, Savages is directed by three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. A ferocious crime-thriller, Savages features an 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 the best-selling crime novel of the same name by Don Winslow; Winslow, Stone and Shane Salerno co-wrote the script.
On the surface Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist and Chon, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, may not appear to have a lot in common. But underneath their rather different exteriors they’re best friends who share a long-time friendship, a business growing some of the best marijuana ever developed, and a one-of-a-kind love with the same extraordinary woman, Ophelia.
Their friendship, business and love are all going great until a Mexican drug cartel catches up to their Laguna Beach, California, business and demands that the trio partners up with them. Things get ugly after the three politely refuse the offer.
When the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, Ben and Chon – with the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent – wage a war to gain her release. Elena, the merciless head of the cartel, and Lado, her brutal enforcer, soon realize that they have underestimated the unbreakable bond between these three friends.