Savages is exhilarating and engaging

Maya Cassetta, Staff Writer

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Savages, produced by Universal Pictures, is a seductive, exciting, and thrilling masterpiece. Blake Lively stars as the troubled, yet fascinating, trophy girl Ophelia, otherwise known as O. While some of her acting seems a little far fetched, I think that it is actually fitting to her character and creates a better depiction of who O is. She’s an entitled princess, chasing like a puppy dog after anyone who shows her a bit of affection and that includes the two best hemp growers in Southern California. The two friends are as close as brothers and absolutely inseparable. Because of how much the two best friends, Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) love each other and how alluring O is, they are able and willing to share her. But once they refuse to start doing business with the Mexican drug cartel, O becomes a huge target for use of blackmail and is kidnapped and held hostage so that Ben and Chon are forced to work with the cartel. The two of them embark on a dangerous rescue mission and plan an attack on the cartel.

This movie is not only an astonishing adventure and action movie but also a breathtaking drama. Savages is the embodiment of a bloody war between two best buddies in Laguna Beach against Elena (Salma Hayek), the queen of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Just from that knowledge, you can tell what an interesting and exciting movie it is.

The character Ben is the depiction of a highly spiritual, kind-natured Buddhist living a life of understanding and peace as a California hemp grower. With Ben comes his partner and friend Chon. Chon is a former Marine whose mind is still at war and who lives for pain. While they are connected through their shared girlfriend, O, and run a successful business together, everything else about their personalities completely clashes. But really, they are the perfect equilibrium to make up the yin and yang that is the perfect balance O so desires. The three of them have a bond so close, so strong, and filled with so much trust and care, that without one of them, it would destroy all the balance that their relationships are built on.

The movie Savages makes use of many special effects and action shots throughout the film. But though the movie is thrilling for all the action and excitement it contains, the main attraction is the dangerous, exhilarating, perplexing, and devoted relationship between O, Chon, and Ben. In the movie Savages, both the bad guys and the good guys are savages, but the most brutal, horrific, savage thing of all is the movie itself.

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