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The documentary provides an insightful means of eulogizing its chief subjects in mythological terms with its vaguely optimistic conclusion: The game continues, and thus so does the struggle.
Escobars captures the passion and personality of a group of exceptional athletes and their ecstatic bond with fans.
Pic pulses with the same rhythmic mastery achieved in the filmmakers' earlier Favela Rising.
One of the best sports docs in recent memory.
Meticulously researched and beautifully interwoven, with the story of one man rhyming with the other, The Two Escobars could be a companion to the great Italian gangster movie Gomorrah...
This is simply pop sociology, putting too much emphasis on the first word and displaying too facile an understanding of the second one.
A chilling cautionary tale about what can happen when success becomes a drug ... once you're hooked, the only thing that matters is maintaining the high at any cost.
Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's documentary about a nation strapped under the boots of crime and outside forces above the law is just about as exciting as they come and it is gunning, er, shooting for my Top Ten of 2010 List.
The film makes a persuasive broader indictment, tracing the social and political moving parts that connected soccer, gangsterism, and money.
The company behind The Two Escobars is ESPN Films, and the influence, coincidentally or not, is tangible.
The Two Escobars ends up being quite the nail-biter.
A sad and shocking documentary that looks back at the monstrous impact of narcotraffic on politics and sports in Colombia in the 1990s, as well as how the fate of drug lord Pablo Escobar was tragically interwoven with that of soccer star Andrés Escobar.
"Life doesn't end here".
The Two Escobars, by directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, looks back at Colombia's World Cup run and the relationship of association football and the country's criminal gangs - notably the Medellín Cartel run by Pablo Escobar.
Despite being more than a little overproduced, "Two Escobars" has a very good starting point of one coincidence, that of two very disparate and not-related individuals in Colombia named Escobar, Pablo, drug kingpin and murderer, and Andres, star soccer player. That's not to mention some very good home footage that I would like to know how the filmmakers got their hands on. However, even after hearing from friends and relatives(some of whom you would not take home to meet your parents while others work on their image) of both men, we get little depth on Andres, outside of a petition for beatification. As for a connection, that comes down to soccer in Colombia in the 1980's which became a prime point for money laundering which helped the sport thrive there, climaxing with the country's sole World Cup berth in 1994 in the United States. That's not to mention the speculation that Pablo's death led indirectly to Andres' death.
Those deaths and many others "Two Escobars" wants to desperately pin on the evil of drugs but it is never that simple. In fact, I think it has more to do with escalation and how violence never solves anything. To start, Pablo becomes a hero to the poor despite his unsavory profession and body count, because the Colombian government does very little to alleviate poverty in its own country while he builds housing and helps in other ways. Instead said government takes a lot of American money to get rid of Pablo which ups the body count. Along these same lines, an interesting line of thought that is never explored is Colombia's relation to the United States and how that affected the lives of both men.
One of the best documentaries I have seen. The film was very engaging, and very heartbreaking.
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