To enforce the deal, Ophelia or 'O,' is kidnapped and held hostage by Elena, Lado and the cartel. At one point she is drugged by Lado and sexually violated then filmed without her knowledge. When negotiations are underway for the release of O, she is shown the video by Lado. Here the plot loses credibility for such a free-spirited sprite as O feigns to be horrified by what Lado has done to her. She is hardly the Virgin Mary and as established in the beginning of the film likes sex kinky and stoned. Oh well, welcome to Hollywood.
Eventually our boys Ben and Chon find out that Elena has brought O to one of her villas in where else? Southern California. And a plot to rescue O is hatched, but is she or isn't she?
A dirty DEA agent, Dennis, played with great gusto and style by John Travolta, rounds out the intrigue along with many bloody beatings, killings and, at times, I thought I was watching a Quentin Tarantino remake because of the black humor that is juxtaposed against the violence. The ending is scotch taped and while sturm and drang is a signature of Stone's films, this is no exception. The choirs of angelic voices sing loudly to punctuate emotion, but only serve to take the focus off the action. But a fun time was had watching good acting and a fast pace shoot 'em up if you can take the violence and blood in a nut shell surrounded by Savages. If you prefer milder fare, skip it, but if you can overlook the contrived ending, catch Savages before crowds of Stoned Stone fans form lines for his latest assault on our senses.