Theatrical Release: 7/6/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Shane Salerno & Don Winslow
Producer: Moritz Borman
Director: Oliver Stone
Runtime: 130 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Aaron Johnson,
An adaptation of Don Winslow's novel. In the book, two friends from Laguna Beach share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they've made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.
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