Savages was Oliver Stone’s movie about the drug trade. It focuses upon three friends O (Blake Lively), Chon (Taylor Kitsch), and Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who are major weed growers/sellers in Southern California. Their problems begin when a Mexican drug cartel wants not only their business but their know how as well. The cartel introduces themselves by sending a video of it beheading a bunch of people as a hello and a beware.
The movie poses the trio as a caricature of California and is the main drawback. First, they’re in a love trio with O talking about how her two men are so different but compliment each other like she’s a hippie from the 70s. Chon went to UC Berkeley and uses all his drug profits to run a humanitarian foundation that works in impoverished countries around the world. They live on Laguna Beach in southern California. If they’d made the main characters just the least bit realistic this would have saved the film.
The story basically comes down to these good at heart white kids dealing with the evil Mexicans.