Two Escobars (2010)
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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.
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...
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"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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