In Movie Theaters July 6, 2012
The About face: Two-time Best Director Oscar winner Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July) returns to the big screen with a ferocious thriller.
The Wild side: Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry--raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town... until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.
When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon--with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta)--wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
The Movie facts: Based on Don Winslow's best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times' Top 10 Books of 2010.
STARRING: Blake Lively, Emile Hirsch, Demián Bichir, Mía Maestro, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, Joel David Moore, John Travolta
DIRECTED: Oliver Stone
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
RATING: R (For grisly violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use, language)