Just yesterday I posted the newly released poster for director Oliver Stone’s next project, Savages, and now we get greeted this morning with a teaser trailer for the crime thriller.
It’s only 15 seconds long but is filled with gunmen in luchiadore masks, cars exploding, guys walking in slow motion, Salma Hayek offering etiquette lessons and Blake Lively getting freaky in a bathtub.
Yeah, I thought that last bit would get your attention.
I’m getting a bit of a Natural Born Killers vibe from this, which is a really good thing. Stone is undoubtedly a legendary filmmaker but his last few efforts have just fell flat, so I’m hoping that this is a return to his more innovative (read: crazy) filmmaking stylings. And with a cast that features as many natural scenery chewers as this, it could easily turn out to be one of the cinematic highlights of the year.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
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
Last Updated: April 5, 2012