Original Theatrical Cut runs 131 mins.
Unrated Edition runs 142 mins.
Oliver Stone's exploration of two young men's marijuana business gone horribly out of control is worth one viewing, but I couldn't imagine sitting through it again any time soon. It's got some good cinematography, and just a dabbling of Stone's wackiness to punch it up here and there. John Travolta's all-too-sparse performance as a cop who's playing everybody is fun, Salma Hayek isn't all that spectacular in her performance as the kingpin trying to score big, Benicio Del Toro is his normal self, whether you like him or not, but the real treat in the film is Aaron Johnson's amazing portrayal of a peace-loving marijuana grower who is forced into situations he never wanted to be mixed up in. It's a mixed bag of a film, but that's to be expected from the inimitable Oliver Stone.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Panavision)
Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use, and language throughout.
Based on the Novel by
Shane Salerno & Don Winslow & Oliver Stone