This slick and flashy yet ultimately empty film is an interesting if unsatisfying watch. Telling the true story of George Jung, ordinary American kid who, after vowing to never be poor, winds up being one of the major drug importers into the USA. Almost singlehandedly supplying the cocaine market at one point, his story shows his meteoric rise, subsequent downfall and loss of everything that he held dear.
As I mentioned previously, this is a slick and flashy film, with some good actors, nice camera work and a decent soundtrack. It has some flaws though. Covering some 30 years of Jung's life, it shows lots of episodes quickly, but never lets us become involved with the characters who are all pretty 2 dimensional. Even Jung, the central narrating voice and played by Johnny Depp with all of his usual commitment to the role never has any depth. Because of this, and the lack of explanation of too many points I didn't really managed to get involved in the film until the final few minutes when Jung finally shows that he has something in life that he believes in and is important to him. These final few scenes were quite touching and well done, meriting the film another star.
In all, a long film with lots of episodes in a man's life rushed through at breakneck speed never letting the viewer get connected to the people or events. A little tedious after a while but with a good ending. The soundtrack, made up of recordings we've all heard a thousand times before is unoriginal, but filled with classic tracks that can't fail to help add to your enjoyment of the film. A committed performance from Johnny Depp Helps lift it another notch, so three stars in total.