SAVAGES, definitely a movie rated for adults and matured audiences because of the obscenities - brutal and grisly violence, graphic sexual content, substance abuse and language.
Put those aside, and you're left with a 'real' movie about the dangers and risks of the drug business. Intentional or not, once you're in the game, you're in big time.
With a couple of Hollywood A-listers featuring in this Oliver Stone production, you'll find yourself wondering how the movie will end.
Here you have Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch starring as Ben and Chon, two best friends with totally different personalities.
Kitsch, I'm sure you'd remember from that alien invasion film with Rihanna in Battleship, plays the part of an ex-Navy SEAL/mercenary who sort of becomes the debt collector for the two's lucrative and very successful homegrown business - raising the best marijuana plant in the world.
Johnson, plays the more Buddhist-type, calm, cool and collected partner thinking logically instead of rushing into things as quickly as Chon.
Their marijuana production is massive with suppliers and dealers everywhere, and of course with a couple of law enforcers on their side like corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration officer Dennis, played by John Travolta, life's a breeze for the two young entrepreneurs.
Gossip Girl's Blake Lively plays their love interest Ophelia, or as she so conveniently put it, 'O' at the beginning of the movie.
She goes on countless trips, splashes money like no-one's business and of course 'loves' each partner equally. It's this unique relationship between the trio that gets the attention of power-seeking merciless Elena, played by Salma Hayek, leader of the Mexican Baja cartel.
Her right hand man, Lado played by Benicio Del Toro has very threatening and intimidating looks but at one point he's basically a zombie waiting for the right moment to turn on his boss.
Anyway, all hell breaks loose when the cartel decides they want the partners to work for them for a certain period of time.
When they refuse the 'request-cum-ultimatum', the cartel finds their weak point forcing them into a business partnership. O is kidnapped, beaten and abused, locked up in an isolated bunker, dreading the worst.
This would probably be the turning point for Ben and Cho, who were reluctant to join the cartel at first but had no choice.
At this point as well, Elena and her crew thought the guys would be easy to control until they decide to give the cartel a taste of their own medicine, kidnapping Elena's daughter and using her as a trade-off for O.
You'll find guns blazing, backstabbing and special ex-Navy SEALS getting the action going as Savages takes on a whole new meaning of degrading the human soul.
The movie has a lot of scenes that will probably disgust and appall some viewers but it carries universal awareness on the risks of substance abuse, money laundering, corruption, thirst for power, and mass murder among other issues.
Did I like the movie? Out of five, I would rate it at 3.5.
There are some scenes with Travolta and Del Toro that really made us burst into laughter, that dumb expression and quirky lines never fails to impress. Keep an eye out for Hayek's strong backhand slap on Del Toro.
You might want to note that the film was based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times' top 10 books of 2010. But I wouldn't recommend taking the little ones to watch this. It's strictly rated R for mature audiences.