Johnny Depp stars as George Jung, an average small-town American boy who pursues the American Dream his way--becoming the first American to import cocaine to the United States on a large scale, exposing college kids, high-paid professionals and the Hollywood glitterati to a new, hipper form of high. Sleeping, breathing and eating money, Jung lives a fantastic, no-rules life many have dreamed about. How did a typical boy next door become Pablo Escobar's right-hand man during the 1970s and '80s? The inside story of George Jung's rise and fall, the illicit flights, ruthless negotiations and brutal executions, are revealed in the riveting Blow.]]>
The third Infinifilm finds another rich topic to showcase the fully loaded DVD line. Foremost is director Ted Demme's captivating interview with the real George Jung (the director also shares his commentary track with his subject). In addition Demme gives us a flippant, behind-the-scenes "Production Diary" and more than a half-hour of better-than-average deleted scenes (a few of which reveal the fate of a major character). The extemporaneous "Character Outtakes" are so good, more filmmakers should give it a try. One well-researched documentary segment traces the intertwined history of Colombia and cocaine; another relates the scientific explanation of getting high. With the Infinifilm feature, a viewer can access these materials separately or during the movie with seamless "jumps" to selected extras. A DVD-ROM feature incorporating the movie and printed script is an excellent finishing touch. --Doug Thomas
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : 9084548190
- Director : Ted Demme
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : January 8, 2008
- Actors : Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens
- Producers : Michael De Luca, Ted Demme, Georgia Kacandes, Denis Leary, Joel Stillerman
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00003CXWV
- Writers : David McKenna, Nick Cassavetes
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie was alright and I guess its worth a watch but it isn't something i'll ever watch again. By the end of it I was very sad. If this kind of film is for you though I would strongly recommend Narcos Colombia all 3 seasons and Narcos Mexico seasons 1 and 2.
I'll give this 4 out of 5 stars because it was a big movie regarding this subject at the time that it was released but there is a lot better out there now in 2020.
What draws you in about Blow is that George was such a nice guy. He was engaging and charming, but he was also a crook.
He also had crazy experiences like meeting Pablo Escobar and going to work for him flying in drugs to the United States.
There’s also a human element as the film shows what he lost in the process of being a criminal including his daughter. There are some very melancholy moments as a result.
The movie ends up being a moral story about what drugs did to George and what it cost him.
In particular, Depp's character never takes the "downward spiral" we expect from people who do drugs all their lives. Yes some rubber makeup makes his face look older, but his personality never seems to change... just his luck gets worse.
Although "based on a true story," I didn't fine the story very believable. Depp ("George") could move incredible quantities of drugs to just one person. There must be a hell of a story as to how THAT person distributed the nation's cocaine, but that story isn't in this movie.
I recommend Blow Out or Blow Up or "The Falcon and the Snowman" far over this movie.
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As we see this progression and watch the personal and professional ups and downs of Jung , intentionally or not, the film does a great job of underplaying some of the negatives of his actions (for example the violence involved in both the upper ends of importing huge amounts of cocaine into America - with Jung responsible for an estimated 80-90% of the USA's cocaine levels at the time - and the lower ends of street dealing) and as a result the focus the film places instead on Jung's motivations and personal relations makes it incredibly easy to feel sympathy towards him and root for him whilst completely ignoring the wider implications of his actions. Perhaps for the purpose of this film and for the viewer to focus on Jung's personal inner journey it was necessary, and in that respect it works - it's very easy to feel empathy for Jung and to care about what happens to him, but strictly speaking the film ignores large chunks of the realities of the world in which Jung operated before his final downfall. It's still a great film, but that would be my one criticism. You could watch Boogie Nights straight after and imagine it filling in the gaps - its set around the same time and shows the very brutal and depressing realities of that world, at both dealer and consumer level, and although a tough watch in places is a really great hard-hitting film.
George Jung may have imported 89% of the cocaine into the USA but in reality all he did was operate as a middleman between suppliers and addicts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting story and starts off quite well, but I feel the real story –the tension between the differing layers of suppliers was underplayed. Only one person is seen to be killed yet Escobar and Noriegar were extremely violent men and the film never explains the reality of those destroyed by the events portrayed and it all becomes too sentimental in the end and the movie goes out of its way to humanises the drug-dealer.
Slick and well produced, with a strong cast and a solid soundtrack, this is undoubtedly a good piece of entertainment, but as a ‘true’ story, lacks the overall brutality that the subject demanded. It easily gets a *** but the sentimentality and glossy portrayal of the jet set lifestyle without much of the negative paranoia it involves lets it down from being a truly great movie and the disc does have 107 minutes of extras, including an interview with George and a film on the effects of the drug trade on Colombia.
I would certainly recommend this movie to anybody that is a fan of this genre.