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Chasing The White Dragon 2008 NR CC

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(21) IMDb 6.5/10

This gripping tale depicts a fictional group of crystal meth users trapped in a torrent of violence, deceit, paranoia, and passion who must either leap from the careening roller coaster or ride it to its nightmarish end.

Starring:
Ryan Kennedy, Kree Harrison
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Kathilynn Phillips
Starring Ryan Kennedy, Kree Harrison
Supporting actors Preston Vanderslice, Learyn Wilde, Matt Kimbrough, Amanda Ward, Austin Haley, Johnny McPhail, Cesar Giraldo, Ruth Davidson, Samantha Welch, Jan Falk, Jeff Rust, Helen Bowman, Seth Renick, Krista Tutor, Mark Davidson, Jay Happy Mcdonald, Daniel Hartley, Clay Hassell
Studio Indie Rights
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Williams on December 7, 2013
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This is a very dark tragedy film, detailing the beast. I thought the portrayal of an ugly and scary, hungry and mysterious lightning-type dragon monster that embraces and possesses its prey is spot on.

So many lives of people who don't do meth are ruined by those who chase the white dragon. The dragon possesses these people and they essentially lose their humanity, choosing instead death and destruction of everything and anything they have...their families, their children, their lives, their minds...just to get close to the dragon yet again.

Apparently, being introduced to the dragon brings the greatest of experiences for them, for they continue to chase the dragon trying to repeat that introductory meeting no matter what the cost. Yet, they never again get that experience no matter how much meth they do. It's sad, really. Once they've met and chased the dragon, they can never again experience normal joy or happiness, doomed to a lifetime of depression and angst.

I thought the psychotic breaks from reality scenes were very believable. I have seen this same behavior with my own son, who unfortunately chased the dragon and ruined many other lives as well as his own. I am grateful that my son didn't end up killing anybody else. His never-ending lust for the dragon yielded him close to 40 years in prison, a place he well deserves. A place whereby I and others are safe from the side effects of the never-ending lust.

This film recreates the angst, psychotic episodes, schizophrenic breaks, and the perpetual lusting for the dragon in an, unfortunately, true to life scenario. This is truly one of the worst American tragedies ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2014
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I felt like, as a teen, I would have known some of these people. I understand it's an indie film and the actors aren't super polished, and the plot isn't very deep, but it's deep enough that they hooked me into their lives and I had to keep watching to see how it all came to the end. It was also a tear jerker and I was shocked in amazement especially at the end.

5 stars from me. It's an example for students and teens that makes sense and is relateable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trjgirl on April 29, 2014
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Impressively skilled direction and writing. A small low budget film that easily competes with bigger budget Hollywood pics. If the director/writer did not have firsthand experience with drug abusers, she certainly writes well enough to give that impression.

If you liked drug cautionary tales like Blow, Rush, and Drugstore Cowboy you'll like this one. Though the actors are all unknowns just starting out, they all acquit themselves quite well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on March 22, 2015
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I know this is an older movie, but I just watched this with my Prime membership. I actually enjoyed it very much, though I see other reviews that are all over the place. I think it is a very realistic view of the drug culture - especially in the rural drug 'lab' scenes. As a former addict, 20 years clean, the behaviors and situations shown were spot on. The movie easily held my interest, lots of interesting tensions going on. Ethan's taunting of the volatile, gun waving Jesse was a nice touch. I also liked the actors, most were very believable, and I knew a few people like these characters in real life. Ethan, Pamela, Jesse - oh, well, I should just say the whole inner circle of the drug house characters were very well acted, especially the actress portraying Pamela. Even with her fairly rapid progression to skankiness, I still ended up kind of liking her scrappiness, and felt surprisingly sympathetic to her throughout the movie. I also liked that they showed the Lindsey character trying to keep clean with about the only way that works, totally staying away from former friends and hangouts. I liked the way the story filled in the back stories, Lindseys OD and
prior relationship with Ethan. To sum up, I would recommend this movie (obvi :) Well, if anyone else watches this, and has any thoughts on the "1 year later" post script, I'd be interested to hear your take on it ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Honey Solomon on May 1, 2014
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Methamphetamine addiction doesn't have a 'bright side.' It consumes and destroys, ravaging the entire body. This doesn't delve deeply enough into the psyche nor does one see the acute phases of addiction. This substance can be prepared from legal ingredients that are easily available. Check the Internet for a 'recipe' to disaster . . . oh yes, it's there for those who know where to look. This video is within reason and perhaps some viewers might consider it a simple lesson of addiction. Find the 'positive' ending that can ofer a 'new beginning!'

For those of us who have tried and failed in an emergency room, it's unforgettable. Loss of life isn't that easy to accept and still the media helps keep this at a distance and subjective. There is no glamour to be found . . . if you want to try to begin and understand, this is a good introduction. Recommended as 'cautionary' and educational for those interested in human behavior and 'addiction' . . . a psychological profile simplified.

Recommended documentary: The Global Addiction [ABC Australia] presents a well narrated overview from the grower to the addict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo M. Riqueza on April 20, 2014
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It is a nice movie, it shows the reality of meth. It is not a documentary, it is a story about the addiction of meth. A painful movie.
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