"Savages" works because it simply is a fun film to watch. It pleases and teases your inner senses with a bombardment of action, gore, drugs, money and more. The film feels different with its B-film like characters (especially the villains that our protagonists has to contend with) but with all the bells-and-whistles from high-budget and more serious films. Although it has some quirks (mostly from its messy and disappointing plot), those end up to be forgivable.

Entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and his best friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch) run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever famred. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). As their business grows, their reputation also spreads. Soon, the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. At first, they decide not to partner with them but the trio will soon find out that the Cartel does not take no for an answer. The Cartel kidnaps Ophilia and demand that Ben and Chon push through with the deal. Both agree without a choice for now. Ben and Chon decide that they must take action. With the reluctant assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta), both wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the Cartel to save the love of their lives.

"Savages" is disappointing on some level but turns out to be mostly an enjoyable experience. The major problem for it is its plot. It's messily developed with lots of technical mumbo-jumbo that confused us. The ending also turns out to be a total downer. Not revealing much, the narrative character leads the audience to open up to a certain end to the story. But the film ends up doing the "typical" fairy tale ending that we are all used too. Not even the "what-if" scenario by the end saved it. Although this is the case, the characters saved the film. The relationship of the three leads, a love triangle of some sorts, is weird at first but you eventually accept their sticky situation. The villains are the best part though. They feel like they were ripped out from another dimension - each having their own unique trait. It's a contrast of a B-movie vibe against usual characters that really put a smile on our face. Although much of the characters appeal can be thanked for the wonderful acting done by the actors. Gore and action fans would love the uber-realistic approach the film takes with death and the like. "Savages" may not win awards but ultimately, it's an enjoyable experience.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- unique characters that are further bolstered by great acting
- gore and action is super-realistic

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- messy and siappointing plot

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