|Rating: 6.5/10 (98,561 votes)
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Shane Salerno (screenplay), Don Winslow (screenplay), Oliver Stone (screenplay), Don Winslow (novel)
Stars: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jana Banker
Runtime: 131 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 06 Jul 2012
|Plot: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.|
Best friends Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are marijuana growers living in Laguna Beach, California. Chon, a former Navy SEAL, smuggled the seeds for the plants out of Afghanistan. They got help in cultivating them from Ben, a graduate of University of California, Berkeley in business and botany. These seeds yielded a particularly potent strain of marijuana that soon developed a wide customer base and made Chon and Ben very wealthy, and Ben began devoting time and money to doing charity work in Africa and Asia. They are both in a relationship with Ophelia Sage (Blake Lively).
The trio receive a video from Mexican cartel enforcer Miguel “Lado” Arroyo (Benicio del Toro). The video shows several severed heads and a chainsaw, and demands a meeting. The cartel offers a partnership. Chon and Ben offer to hand over their network and get out of the business, but the cartel wants their expertise and insists on a partnership. Chon and Ben make plans with Ophelia to leave and go to Indonesia for a year, not telling her they are fleeing from the cartel. Chon and Ben speak to corrupt DEA agent Dennis Cain (John Travolta), who urges them to partner with the cartel. Ophelia is kidnapped by Lado’s crew. Chon and Ben are notified of Ophelia’s kidnapping via a video call from cartel leader Elena Sánchez (Salma Hayek), who threatens to harm Ophelia if Chon and Ben resist the partnership.