Blow

2001

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama / History

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 55%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 216010

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Johnny Depp as George Jung
Emma Roberts as Young Kristina Jung
Penélope Cruz as Mirtha Jung
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 8 / 10

Depp incarnated a smuggler!!

Incarnating a character,actually just few actors has this talent,Depp is one of them,the real George Jung was convinced that he was a perfect choice to the role,starting of a true story which didn't differ than others like that,just change the actors,but how Depp perceive the real character is quite fantastic as the own George in jail said,more they are virtually the same person,Ted Demme made the interview with George and after one year died by cocaine...sad end!!

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First watch: 2018 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 8

Reviewed by ben hibburd 5 / 10

Blow review.

Blow is directed by Ted Demme and stars Johnny Depp as real life drug smuggler George Jung, who was part of the Medellin cartel run by Pablo Escobar that at one point had an 85% market share of all cocaine imported into America in the late 70s early 80s. Blow is a fairly inspired biopic with some flashy moments sprinkled throughout. Watching this film I kept asking myself what was the film trying to achieve? Because I struggled to find anything that retained my interest in the film. That's not too say this is a flat out bad film, which it isn't, it's just with a plethora of quality crime biopics such-as: Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, Serpico, Scarface etc this film falls by the wayside.

The film is technically well constructed and the soundtrack was a joy. The film also contains terrific performances across the board. Johnny Depp gives one of his better performances, he does a terrific job of making a thoroughly unlikable character somewhat sympathetic and relatable. The star of the show for me was Jordi Mollà, Jung's unhinged business partner Diego Delgado. During a short stint in prison Jung and Delgado team together alongside Escobar to flood the American market with cocaine. Also in this time Jung meets and marries Mirtha (Penelope Cruz). Demme does a good job of juxtaposing their relationship against Jung's own parents which adds a nice dynamic to the film.

The film is rounded out by excellent supporting performances from Ray Liotta, Rachel Griffiths and Paul Reubens. The entire cast give a committed performance. It's just a shame that for such an interesting time in history the screenplay was so dull. You almost get a sense that the creators were trying to make their own version of Goodfellas, rather than expressing their own vision, and in doing so the film came off as being disingenuous. Ted Demme does not have the same kinetic editing or free-flowing, stylish camera movements that Martin Scorsese does. Which he then tries to over-compensate with, using a high-energy soundtrack and voice-over character exposition. The problem is this only works when the pacing is rapid and the audience needs quick-fire exposition to understand what's happening. The pacing in this film is lethargic, and the voice-over became increasingly tedious.

In the end Blow is a disappointing film, it had so much potential that wasn't fully realised. There are fun moments to be found in the film, and the engaging performances more than make up for a dull script. The biggest issue with Blow is that it's a film that is more interested in following the footsteps of past genre classics, rather than carving out its own path.

Reviewed by gustavof-30917 2 / 10

Why is that contemporary Follywood movies endorse criminals?

Before we start, I find myself reluctant to write a review. There are so many people writing here that I doubt my lines will go noticed. However, it is time to bring some sense of morality to the table.

The movie portraits the life of George Jung, a man who was responsible for introducing cocaine in the USA society, with all the tragic consequences that would follow. It is no secret that Jung's actions have indirectly claimed the lives of thousands of people; those who die of cocaine addiction/overdose, and those who die as consequence of the criminal activity associated to it.

Being a catholic myself, and a man who is in need of God's mercy, I cannot help ask: what is going to be of the soul of George Jung?. My concern arises due to the fact that this man was not responsible for trafficking fake tennis shoes across the border, but one of the worst sorts of poison. He is a murderer, as painful as it may sound.

The movie intends to display Jung as a very "humane" character, the kind of guy you'd find across the street. Maybe the kind of guy that would teach his son to fish and catch a baseball?. We see a man who is apparently mad in love with a girl who dies of cancer. A man who seems very loyal and kind to his friends, a man who falls victim to a fellow colleague who abuses his trust.

And the reality is, I can't buy it. I can't buy a character who seems to be all this and while moving 300 kg (the equivalent to 300000 doses of 1 g) of cocaine in one day. When you sell 1 g of cocaine to a person, either directly or indirectly, you are providing the dose that may send him/her to the grave that same day. And having no conscience, no guilt, no remorse for doing so indicates something missing in the salesman.

The common feature of Blow and Good Fellas is that in their narrative the protagonists seem to focus their attention in everything but the real consequences of what they were doing. It is as if they were trying to convince themselves that they were not that bad, that the "criminal industry" is not crawling with people who stripped themselves away from all empathy and love for their neighbors, and that criminals are average guys like you or me. I am sorry, but that is not true, it is not real. While I am no saint, I would never give for free (much less sell) a toxic substance of the nature of cocaine (hell, I wouldn't even give/sell marijuana) to any person.

Average people, at least in the catholic sense of the word see their own sinfulness, acknowledge it, and try to work it out through prayer, humility, and submission to Our Lord. In the movie, Jung fails to acknowledge the consequences of his actions. He is more concerned with "having failed to her daughter" than having carried thousands of people to their grave.

The irony of all this, is that Ted Demme died in 2002 due to a cocaine-related heart attack.

Two stars out of 10, but I give it 0/10.

PS: and "Follywood" is not a typo.

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