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A high-velocity look at George Jung's spectacular rise and fall
— based on the true story of how powder cocaine turned into America's
biggest drug problem and how one man from the blue-collar suburbs became the 35
billion-dollar a-year conduit to the Colombian cartels.
Drama - Fans of Johnny Depp will find much to admire about his performance
here, but those looking for a deep, involving drama may be
disappointed. The subject matter and pervasive drug use make this a
film strictly for adults.
PROFANITY: LOTS of very strong profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Some nudity in background. No sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: One man is killed. One is beat. Some blood is shown. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: VERY HIGH levels of drug and alcohol use. ACTION: None COMEDY: There are around a dozen or so funny scenes.
For a good two-thirds of its running time, Ted Demme's Blow is a fairly compelling portrait of a man's real-life rise to the top of the drug trade. But when his fortunes take their inevitable turn, the film follows with its own inexplicable one: from gritty and dark to soggy and sentimental.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
As you can see, this wasn't a well attended movie. We were only able to collect 82 opinions. I suspect many people thought, as I did, that this would be a dark and violent drug movie. Well it's not nearly as dark and violent as you might expect.
These are some solid opinions. Most are in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range, with very few below "Good." From our experience, this indicates a movie most will certainly find entertaining, but not exceptional.
Some of the comments were about how well they liked the story. If this looks like an interesting movie and you can tolerate the extremely high levels of profanity, I would recommend seeing "Blow."
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Certainly not a movie I would have selected to see. I thought it would be a dark, drug movie. Instead, it was an entertaining look at how drugs got started in America. Being based on a true story made it even more interesting. Sure, its got heavy drug use and all the very bad things that go along with drugs, but it also shows the bad side of drugs. If you have any interest in this type of story, I'm confident you'll enjoy "Blow" very much.
the hippie innocence of the 60s to the snow-blind money-chasing haze of the 80s,
George Jung pursued what he thought was the American Dream. Johnny Depp stars as
Jung, who started out trying to pursue the good life. Rather than become just
another construction worker like his father (Ray Liotta), Jung moves to
California where he discovers sun, romance and the profitable pleasures of
selling marijuana. At first, dealing drugs is just a way to maintain his
free-wheeling, independent lifestyle. But as he gets more ambitious, a bust
stops Jung — temporarily.
In prison, Jung meets Diego Delgado (Jordi Molla), a talkative inmate who claims
to be an insider in Colombia's rising drug trade. On the outside, Delgado
introduces George Jung to Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis), the billionaire
godfather of international cocaine trafficking, who has a plan to export tons of
cocaine to American shores, bringing to the disco era to a far more expensive,
addictive and hip form of high. Delgado also introduces Jung to a beautiful,
self-indulgent party-girl named Mirtha (Penelope Cruz), who he marries.
Ultimately, she gives birth to the greatest love of his life, his daughter
Kristina Sunshine Jung.
enough Jung is literally rolling in money, so much that he has to buy a new
house just to store the wall-to-wall cash. But even as he and the Colombian coke
supply usher in a new era of American decadence and broken morals, Jung begins
to have second thoughts, wanting to be something more than a criminal in his
daughter's eyes. Then, just when he thinks he's riding high, George Jung
takes a dizzying fall that knocks him out of the underworld and into the hands
of the Feds.