Searching for a good movie about gang related or drug story wasn’t an easy task, there were a lot, most of them are middle of the road films, some are very boring, but this movie really interest me. First off it is the cast, it featured some of the most famous actors of the world. Johnny Depp, everyone should have know who he is already, Penelope Cruz, also a very tremendous actress, Ray Liota, most famous for Goodfellas, Paul Reubens, the one and only Pee-wee Herman, and Rachel Griffiths, famous for Hilary and Jackie, the cast blew my mind away, a biography about a drug dealer usually doesn’t need famous people, but this movie they got all of the great ones. Not really anything else to judge on, the poster look a bit cheap, but it is not Transformer so they don’t need to show off anything.
George Jung (Johnny Depp) is the son of a struggling small business owner. Seeing his family struggle to make ends meet and failing, George vows never to share a similar fate. Moving to California, he starts his own pot pushing operation in which he finds both success and imprisonment. In prison, he meets a cell-mate who introduces him into a partnership to the lucrative new market in cocaine. Upon release, George Jung quickly becomes instrumental in establishing the exploding US market for cocaine in which he claimed that he handled about 85% of the supply in the 1970s. However, for all the fabulous wealth and power he gained, the true costs of his dangerously treacherous occupation catch up with him in ways from which he would never recover.
The movie is very good, it portrays the emotion and the struggle off all of the character really well, the movie give the audience the feeling of being a drug dealer will be like, they take the story and stack it up, and then knock it off suddenly, the movie is full off emotional and intensity, the audience will see feel sympathize for the protagonist, he is a drug dealer, but he loves his family a lot. All of the glory, that the audience experience throughout the movie are very strategically done well. The acting crews did a wonderful job. Johhny Depp was outstanding being “high”, he is just so natural in every role. Ray Liotta didn’t appear much, but he did hold a very important role for the movie so his present was felt. Paul Reuben finally got out of that Pee-wee attitude and characteristic so he was so good in this movie, show some good range of characters he can play. Penelope Cruz was so good at being a very annoying woman, she was very horrible in this movie, Rachel Griffiths did a great job also, he character was also very important, it hold a part of the protagonist emotion. The cinematography was good, they provide the mood of the 90’s, and it’s drug surrounding nature, most of the time you can feel like you were actually on drug, no kidding. Despite all of that, the movie was a bit too long, watchers will feel a bit bored, the movie had a lot of talking, and it won’t fit for any fast paced action fans, the movie wasn’t that long, but the all the talking made it seem like it did.
It is a bit hard to pick a best scene scene from this movie cause everything are nearly the same, but I was able to pick out my favorites scenes. The scene where George first met Mirtha was pretty good, it introduced the character Mirtha well, and it was also a nice foundation to the movie, she was the center of George unlucky path later on, you just gotta love her. Another scene that I really like was the scene where Paul Reuben first appear as George first supplier, he acted as a gay guy, and his performance during that scene defined gay, I have nothing against gay people. that scene show you that from the look outside of a person, may be he or she look nice and friendly, but they turn out to be bad people, do not just the book by its cover. The last scene that I like was the ending scene, it was a very nice way to end a movie, I didn’t really like it, but who cares.
MY RATE: 7/10.