Blow, Movie Review by Cullen Smiddie

 

Set throughout late 1950’s and all throughout until the end of the 80’s, Blow is the story of infamous drug trafficker George Jung. An action-drama based on a true set of events and a book written by Bruce Porter, it stars Johnny Depp as Geroge Jung, an infamous drug trafficker who started out selling marijuana on the west coast and ended up moving cocaine from Colombia for Pablo Escobar. It also stars Ray Liotta as George’s father, Fred, Rachel Griffiths as Ermine Jung, George’s mother and Penelope Cruz as George’s wife Mirtha.

George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950’s. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George’s father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960’s, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960’s, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. Upon leaving jail, George says this about his experience in jail, “When I went into Danville, I entered with a bachelor’s degree in Marijuana and I left with a doctorate in cocaine”. As a result when he is released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America for Pablo Escobar, the man who owned Colombia through his international drug trade. However, he soon pays the price.

With the main roles being played by major actor and actress Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, who do a wonderful job of playing their roles, the movie is made by some of the actors who play supporting roles. In particular, the man who helped George Jung get started in the 60’s in California, was Derek Foreal, played by Paul Rebuens. Reubens plays a trend-setting, gay male hair dresser who owns his own shop and sells marijuana out of the back. In a time where all of these things were taboo, he acts cautious constantly, as his business and personal life succeeds that. Another member of George’s inner circle, whom he met in jail and it led to him meeting Pablo Escobar, was Diego Delgado played by Jordi Molla. Molla plays a wild, cocaine using, Colombian who meets George in jail, introduces him to his wife and Escobar, but also eventually stabs him in the back by stealing his “California connection” in Derek Foreal. Both actors play off of each other well and they are involved in one of the many twists throughout the movie.

Also characteristic with the time periods that the movie spans across, the soundtrack for the movie is well put together. The soundtrack features music from notable artists such as the Rolling Stones, Woodie Guthrie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Cream among others. In particular, the movie spans across so much time that the producers of the movie use photo montages accompanied by great songs. When George and Diego get back from Colombia and begin to sell cocaine and become rich, “Blinded by the Light” by Bruce Springsteen is the song used to describe the extremely quick rise to wealth they experience. The movie quickly moves through slides of photos of the two of them becoming extremely rich very quickly. It is a great tool the producers used to span a long amount of time without losing a lot of important content.

In conclusion, Blow is a movie with great substance throughout and also has many twists and moments that are touching, which is surprising compared to some of the other content of the movie. However, also because of its content I would not recommend this as something families would enjoy but mostly just adults, and not any conservative ones either. The best thing about the movie Blow is that it is so well written. I find myself quoting the movie word for word every time I watch it.

 

 

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