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Good movie sad ending but a all round good movie
simply one of the best drama/action films i have seen. Johnny Depp gives a spellbindingly naturalistic performance that puts a sympathetic face on a powerfully individualistic man unable to shake a world of crime that brought him immense riches and eventually cost him everything
Blow isn't the worst film ever made but that doesn't mean that it's good. It is very uninspired and unoriginal and seems like it tried to copy Goodfellas (the far superior film). Although Johnny Depp's performance was good Blow just feels like a cheap Goodfellas knock-off and I would not recommend it.
Great film, I dont understand the negative reviews. They dont portray selling cocaine as cool, they jusy show this mans life.. How is it a ripoff of other films when its biographical and they are not? Its similar because of the subject matter, but get real. Just a bunch of people hating Johnny Depp. Great acting, great story, hopefully George is at peace with himself now. This movie is only slow to someone who cant appreciate an entire story.
A shocking depiction of greed and debauchery.
Ted Demme's Blow (2001) is a gripping crime biopic with Johnny Depp portraying drug lord George Jung. Demme's film captures the weed sales spike of the 1970's and the cocaine cartel boom of the 1980's alongside the sleazy and drugged up world of drug trafficking in America, Mexico, and Colombia.
Demme's direction is fast paced and grounds this fantastic story with a parable of fatherhood and what good parenting could do for someone. Demme gives context for the massive drug smuggling going on with effortless ease. His direction keeps you held in suspense through violent drug deals, tense family disputes, unreal coke sniffing, money laundering, or joint smoking. Blow keeps its promise from its slang title. Blow is like Narcos on even more cocaine.
Graeme Revell's score is simple and nuanced, only chiming in for key moments with hypnotic sounds to keep you on an entertainment high. I really love the serene score behind the scene with Johnny Depp saying goodbye to Franka Potente. It's touching and devastating set to Revell's quiet and somber send-off.
The acting in Blow is top notch with a stacked cast representing the immoral and libertine cartels.
Depp is awe inspired as the quiet mastermind behind the spread of weed and cocaine throughout suburban America. Depp's fun loving attitude gives Blow a chill vibe, which changes tonally as he meets various criminals.
Such as the brilliant Jordi Molla as the lecherous Diego. His treacherous ways are hidden behind Molla's sly smile.
Penelope Cruz is as voluptuous as ever, but delivers a crazed performance as Depp's wife Mirtha Jung. Her mega attitude is manipulative and intoxicating. Cruz plays a woman handed all the wealth and luxury in the world, who is still not satisfied. Her depiction of a woman surrendering to substances is haunting.
On the other hand, Franka Potente is amazing as the alluring Barbie, Jung's girlfriend. Her chemistry with Depp is inspired as is her dramatic moments of doom.
I must mention the hilarious and endearing Rachel Griffiths as Jung's mother Ermine. Her screaming over money and morality are perhaps my favorite scenes in Blow.
Likewise, Ray Liotta is inspired and poignant as Jung's decent father Fred Jung. His final scene in the garage is depressingly real. Liotta has built a career off of crime thrillers and gangster movies, so Blow is a neat character turn where he plays the good father desperately warning his son of his wicked ways. Liotta's gentle reminder by Jung's superfluous sports cars is a gripping moment of clarity. All of Liotta's scenes feel so genuine and heartfelt. Ray Liotta is just a marvelous actor.
Even Paul Reubens, also known as Pee-wee, is excellent as the drug supplier Derek Foreal. Also, I must note Cliff Curtis is terrifying as the cool and callous Pablo Escobar.
Ethan Suplee is fun as Jung's friend Tuna. I really was impressed by a young Emma Roberts as Jung's daughter Kristina Jung.
In all, Blow's ensemble is formidable in all functions for this film. The dramatic is more gripping thanks to their captivating or intimidating performances, while the legendary depravity of all involved is forever documented by Blow.
This is one of my favorite Johnny Depp movies. The pace of the movie is great and the story kept me looking at the screen the whole time.
THIS MOVIE IS THE JAM
Depp is on fine form even if it is familiar territory.
Other movies have done what Blow did much better, particularly Goodfellas, which Blow desperately wants to be. However, it's hard to deny Depp's charismat1ic performance and a fairly decent soundtrack.
Blow is not a too much pertinent story to be told, and I think it won't interest many people, but Johnny Depp's character development is great and the script is well organized.