''Savages'' is a 2012 crime-thriller movie directed by Creator/OliverStone from the novel of the same name by Don Winslow, starring Taylor Kitsch, Creator/AaronJohnson, Creator/BlakeLively (who also narrates the movie), Creator/SalmaHayek, Benicio Del Toro, Emile Hirsch and Creator/JohnTravolta.

Ben (Johnson) and Chon (Kitsch) are partners in marijuana dealing and share everything - including O (Lively), short for [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]]. A big-time Mexican drug cartel led by Elena (Hayek) and Lado (Del Toro) kidnap her... big mistake.
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!! Tropes associated with this movie:
* ActualPacifist: Ben [[spoiler:until he has to kill in order to keep up the Masquerade... and O is Forced To Watch]].
* AffablyEvil: Elena
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Ophelia Sage, nicknamed O. You could be a secret agent with a name like that.
* {{Badass}}: Chon and his Navy SEAL friends.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:None of the main characters die....Ben, Chon and O are together hiding in paradise, but emotionally scarred. Elena is arrested, but a new cartel takes over in her place, and Lado gets away with ''everything'', becoming the new Dragon in it.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Ben is generally pretty laid back and tries to avoid violence for the most part, Chon doesn't hesitate to use violence if he feels it's necessary, Elena is a ruthless drug queen, [[spoiler:but she only became that way because she inherited her husband's business after he was killed (along with two of her sons), and she does care about her remaining family and even seems to sympathize with O.]] Dennis plays with both sides and sticks with whoever pays him the most, mostly to pay for his dying wife's chemotherapy.
* BlackComedy:
** When Ben and Chon first discover O is kidnapped, they see an animation of her decapitated head with X's over her eyes and her tongue sticking out as her head bounces around with pinball machine sound effects.
** The [[spoiler: entirety of the actual ending.]]
* BloodKnight: Chon.
* CanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler: Elena, Lado, Ben, Chon, and O]] all die in Winslow's original novel.
* ChekhovsGunman: Magda first appears having a seemingly inconsequential phone conversation with her mother. [[spoiler:She becomes an essential piece to the guys' rescuing of O.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Lado. He's the only member of the cartel who believes Ben and Chon were behind the heist that cost his group $3 million.
** Lado can also be spotted throughout the movie removing or neutralizing any weapons that might be used against him by the person he's speaking to--often before the audience even knows they're there.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Esteban]] gets a type II; in the novel, Lado kills him when he's caught helping O escape, whereas in the film, Lado just does it because he's [[KickTheDog "too soft"]].
* DeletedRole: UmaThurman (as O's mother).
* DistressedDamsel: O.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Lado. [[spoiler:He ultimately betrays Elena and signs up as the new [[TheDragon Dragon]] for her rival drug lord, El Azul.]]
* TheDreaded: Elena.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Of course Chon and his friends are Navy [=SEALs=].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: For all her faults Elena cares more about her daughter than anyone or anything else.
* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:All the main characters anyway.]]
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Elena has this to say about her daughter, Magda: "She's ashamed of me and I'm proud of her for it."
* EyeScream: We don't see the act take place, but during his torture scene, we can see one of [[spoiler:Alex's]] eyeballs hanging out of the socket.
* {{Fanservice}}: Creator/BlakeLively and the [[MrFanservice two male leads]] show off some skin. Magda is featured in a sex scene. There's also a FanserviceExtra.
* {{Faux Affably Evil}}: Lado.
* FirstPersonSmartass: As the narrator O has elements of this.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chon and Ben. It's lampshaded when her kidnapper notes that they love each other more than O, since otherwise there's no way they would share her with each other.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Chon has this in his backstory. Ben and Chon go to some pretty dark places during the film as well.
* ImagineSpot: [[spoiler:The first ending.]]
* IHaveYourWife:
** Kidnapping O takes care of both guys, conveniently enough.
** [[spoiler:Turned on Elena in the end when Ben and Chon kidnap her daughter.]]
* InSeriesNickname: To Elena, Ben is "Mister NothingPersonal" and Chon is "Mister [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Eat Shit Caviar]]".
* InsultBackfire: O spits in Lado's face, but he casually licks it up and then wipes his hand on her hair.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:When Ben and Chon capture Magda and send a video to Elena, they message they give her mirrors the one she gave them when she kidnapped O]]
* {{Jerk with a Heart of Gold}}: Chon.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Lado gets off scot-free due to him being an informant for Dennis and setting up Elena to take the fall.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Ben and Chon frame one of Elena's top men for the loss of $3 million that they stole. He gets tortured and killed for that, but he was guilty of a whole lot of real crimes.
* LimaSyndrome: Esteban shows a lot of sympathy toward O. Too much, as it turns out.
* MamaBear: Elena.
* MeaningfulName: Lado means "side," and he's the right-hand man of a drug kingpin.
* MoralityPet: Elena may be a ruthless drug baroness, but she cares deeply about her estranged daughter Magda, [[spoiler: to the point that when Ben and Chon kidnap Magda, she immediately agrees to hand over O without any hesitation]].
* NameDrop: Happens at least five times.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Lado kills Esteban for being too sensitive.]]
* NobleDemon: For all the brutality of the cartel it's obvious Elena would rather get things done without bloodshed when possible, and actually tries to make things as good as possible for O. She also loves and cares about her daughter so much she's willing to give up O and drop the entire arrangement to get her back, even though that's effectively forfeiting $13 million.
* OneLetterName: Her real name may be Ophelia, but she prefers to shorten it to O.
* OneTrueThreesome: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and then subverted.
* PosthumousNarration: Teased in the opening narration, in which O says, "Just because I'm telling you this story doesn't mean I'm alive at the end of it." [[spoiler:Ultimately averted, since her death is an Imagine Spot. In the "real" ending, she survives]].
* {{Polyamory}}: Canon; O is with both Chon and Ben.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Quite a few of Chon's battle buddies have become mercenaries after coming home. They apparently have no qualms performing drug hits.
* PsychoForHire: Lado fits this trope to an absolute T.
* RedHerring: The entire character of [[spoiler:Esteban, who seems to emerge as O's only friend during her kidnapping. Lado kills him almost at random for being too soft.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Chon serves as the Red Oni as an openly aggressive, violent Iraq war veteran while Ben, a philanthropic Buddhist botanist, serves as the Blue Oni.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: O could be seen as one, as she is solely defined by being Chon and Ben's girlfriend, liking shopping, and being accustomed to and demanding better food and other accommodations from her captors.
* {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}: Chon.
* ShoutOut: Ophelia is not happy that her name is a reference to a woman who went insane and killed herself over [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} a man]]. She's also not happy with John Everett Millais's painting of Ophelia being displayed to her by her kidnappers, featuring Ophelia's corpse.
* SociopathicHero: Chon is a ruthless, brutal man and if it wasn't for [[MoralityChain Ben]] he would probably be as bad as the Cartel members.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Dennis. [[spoiler:After O royally fakes out the audience, Dennis shows up from seemingly nowhere with the police before things ''really'' have the chance to escalate. If it weren't for Dennis' sudden intrusion, all of the other main characters would probably have been KilledOffForReal.]]
* SpitefulSpit: O spits in Lado's face after [[spoiler:seeing a video of Lado raping her.]] [[InsultBackfire Lado's]] reaction is to ''[[{{Squick}} lick up the spit]]''.
* TitleDrop: Our heroes refer to the drug cartel as "savages" because of their brutal tactics. Lado refers to our heroes as "savages" for their polyamory.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: [[spoiler:The trailer suggests that O narrates the movie from beyond the grave, a distinct possibility since in the novel just about everyone - good and bad guys alike - bites it. At first the film appears to be following the novel's ending with all the main characters dying... but then O says that's only what she wished happened, and the film rewinds to an earlier point, showing that all of the main characters aren't dead after all.]]
* UpperClassTwit: O is a relatively rare non-comedy version. She clearly comes from a rich family and while she met Ben and Chon through working for them by the time the film opens her occupation seems to be simply 'live in girlfriend'.
* VillainBall: Elena would have picked up a whole new distribution network, plus the recipe for some high-quality weed, if she'd just let Ben and Chon sell their business to her, rather than insist they come work for her. [[spoiler:Instead, she sets in motion events which lead to her eventual downfall and the destruction of her entire business by being unnecessarily ruthless, vindictive, and violent.]]
* VillainProtagonist: Chon and Ben. Whatever else they are, they're drug dealing criminals, and not above bribing a Federal officer and using violence to run their business.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Creator/JenniferLawrence was originally cast as O, but dropped out to do ''Film/TheHungerGames'' instead.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Elena [[spoiler:She only got into the drug business in the first place because her husband was killed and she inherited his cartel connections, two of her sons were also killed, her third son is completely cut off from her, and her daughter Magda wants nothing to do with her, and at the end Lado betrays her and she ends up getting sentenced to 30 years in prison. O even admits that she feels bad for Elena in spite of everything she's done.]]