Oliver Stone and his ‘Savages' take on drug war
OLIVER STONE examines the war on drugs in "Savages" and finds it a mostly futile exercise, useful mainly as a source of garish material for wigged-out R-rated movies like this one. It's not a Stone polemic, by any means, but the director (on the cover of this month's High Times) does give us a utopian view of what a world of legalized pot might look like. Aaron Johnson plays Ben, a botanist who's developed a superpotent marijuana product that's sold like Starbucks in California, to grateful chemo patients and glaucoma sufferers. Ben is also a pacifist and Buddhist and philanthropist who donates profits to provide solar panels and $15 laptops to folks in Africa.