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A briskly paced hybrid ofBoogie NightsandGoodfellas,Blowchronicles the three-decade rise and fall of George Jung (Johnny Depp), a normal American kid who makes a personal vow against poverty, builds a marijuana empire in the '60s, multiplies his fortune with the Colombian Medellín cocaine cartel, and blows it all with a series of police busts culminating in one final, long-term jail sentence. "Your dad's a loser," says this absentee father to his estranged but beloved daughter, and he's right:Blowis the story of a nice guy who made wrong choices all his life, almost single-handedly created the American cocaine trade, and got exactly what he deserved. As directed by Ted Demme, the film is vibrantly entertaining, painstakingly authentic... and utterly aimless in terms of overall purpose.
We can't sympathize with Jung's meteoric rise to wealth and the wild life, and Demme isn't suggesting that we should idolize a drug dealer. So what, exactly, is the point ofBlow? Simply, it seems, to present Jung's story as the epitome of the coke-driven glory days, and to suggest, ever so subtly, that Jung isn't such a bad guy, after all. Anyone curious about his lifestyle will find this film amazing, and there's plenty of humor mixed with the constant threat of violence and paranoid anxiety. Demme has also populated the film with a fantastic supporting cast (although Penélope Cruz grows tiresome as Jung's hedonistic wife), and this is certainly a compelling look at the other side ofTraffic. Still, one wishes thatBlowhad a more viable reason for being; like a wild party, it leaves you with a hangover and a vague feeling of regret.--Jeff Shannon
Johnny Depp at the top of his game! Of all the movies that I've seen Johnny Depp in, this by far is his best work to date. He portrays George Jung so perfectly. He should have gotten Oscar consideration for this part. You also have excellent performances from other actors such as Jordi Molla, Ray Liotta, and Penelope Cruz. Blow is the pursuit of The American Dream gone terribly wrong. It's so well made yet very depressing. This is a very powerful motion picture with strong performances all-around. A must buy for your movie collection!
Great movie, terrible quality. This is my first time buying an "Infini-film" product and was discusted. The DVD skipped durring every chapter transition. I duno if anybody else had this problem but Blow only comes produced by this company so I guess I'll deal with it. I have a brand new DVD player that plays all other DVDs perfectly, except this one. On another note, the movie is great, Liota, Depp and Cruz at thier best. I give it a 4 because it is a high quality film but on a low quality DVD.George Jung: criminal or hero? George Jung is not your typical drug lord. And Blow is not your typical drug-bust movie. This film neither glorifies nor criticizes drugs; it simply shows you the rise and fall of a drug lord's empire. Although it still condones the idea that "if you deal drugs, it won't end well," you can't help but like George Jung, the main character.
Based on a true story, Blow tells the story of George Jung, an American boy born into a middle-class family in the 70's with dreams of breaking away from the blue-collar struggle. George, played by Johnny Depp, and his accomplice/best friend, Tuna, begin their adventure by smuggling large amounts of marijuana from the west coast to the east coast. After doing time for a bust in Chicago, George elevates his ambitions to smuggling cocaine into hijacked airplanes across the border of Mexico. In fact, he acted as an innovator by introducing America to Columbian cocaine. He became a legendary cocaine kingpin, climbing his way to the top. In his venture for fortune, Jung is faced with decisions that will inevitably result in his ruin.
At the end of the movie, you are left to wonder if the protagonist, Jung, is a criminal or a hero? Although Jung made poor decisions, and he must face the music, you're left with the feeling of regret and sympathy for him. In many ways, Jung was simply trying to live the American dream-rising from poverty to fortune. Jung was a businessman, merely pushing a product that the era welcomed with open arms. To quote the real George Jung himself, "I felt that there was nothing wrong with what I was doing because I was supplying a product to people that wanted it and it was accepted." It really makes you question the morality of Jung. The events that seemed the most "wrong" were not that of his drug trafficking, but that of his friends, partners, mother, and wife betraying him throughout his life. Drugs are peripheral in this movie. I feel that Jung lost himself in the wealth and power that the world of cocaine introduced him to. His ambitions blinded him from the important things in life, such as his daughter. He simply went too far. Perhaps it was not the drugs he was addicted to, but rather, the prosperity of his drug career.
The supporting characters were complex and intriguing, making the film more real. George's father, a hard-working and devoted man, stands by George in his ups and downs, despite the fact that he disagrees with his son's career choice. George's money-driven mother seems like no match for his father. The woman George eventually marries, Mirtha, is a replica of his mother. She is a crazed, money-hungry firecracker, responsible for one of his arrests. In fact, there is a scene in the movie where George and Mirtha are fighting in front of their daughter that mirrors that of a fight his parents had in front of him. His friends start out as likable characters. Tuna, his lifelong friend, remains true to George, but eventually fades into the wild lifestyle. Diego, Derek, and Pablo all seem like loyal partners at first, but they all eventually betray him. It is because of them that his final bust took place, putting him in prison for 60 years. These characters, especially Diego, are the type of conniving criminals who come to mind when you think of "drug dealers," not Jung.
At the end of the film, you are left to question the moral of the story. By portraying the life of George Jung is the filmmaker inadvertently saying, "if you deal drugs, this is what happens?" It seems doubtful considering Ted Demme, the director, died of drug overdose shortly after his film was released. However, I think the old saying holds true for this movie. The bigger you are, the harder you fall. As Jung said, "Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on."