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4.0 out of 5 stars Blow, 26 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Blow [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
George Jung, if you've never heard of him before, and I would say that most people on the east side of the Atlantic won't have had, was apparently the man who at one point was responsible for 85% of all cocaine imports into the USA. This film, "Blow" is a biopic of his life from college drifter to life prisoner.
It's certainly a roller coaster ride plotting the highs (literally) and lows of his "career". Determined not to follow his father into a life of trying to make ends meet, and trying to satisfy his materialistic mother, the young George winds up in California where every girl is an air hostess and there is enough grass to keep even the most demanding parties rocking on the beech all night. Buying and selling small amounts is just the start and soon enough George is flying in tons of grass from Mexico to feed the insatiable habit of hundreds of young Californians.
The party would seem to have come to an end when George is sent to prison for handling drugs (believe it or not) but is simply released a couple of years later knowing a hell of a lot more about the business from his Columbia cell mate.
The problem with any film like this is the temptation to glorify either the person or their lifestyle. To its credit I would say the film does neither and the viewer never really connects with the George character and instead views him as somewhat of a loser. Although the film never shows the dirty nasty side of the drugs industry is doesn't portray George as having any pleasure from his ill gotten gains and apart from a couple of flashy suits we never see what George spends his money on.
Johnny Depp plays the role of George with much aplomb and shows that his is an actor of considerable talent. There is some great support from the likes of Ray Liotta as George's father and even Penelope Cruz is not too bad, although her character is a right old handful!
At over two hours long the film is very entertaining and never starts to drift at all and the wonderful costumes and sets of the 70s and 80s are a real joy. The stomping soundtrack is also a welcome addition.
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2009 14:19:08 BDT
Kyoto Martyn says:
Do you mean the cell mate was from Columbia film studios or was he a Colombian?
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