Friday, January 16, 2015

Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar in Gripping Fact-Based Film

Paradise Lost | Movie Review by Anne Brodie

Paradise Lost Movie
Escobar: Paradise Lost
Directed by Andrea Di Stefano
Starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac
Written by Andrea Di Stefano and Francesca Marciano
Rating 3.5 /5
Benicio Del Toro has played wicked but the profound wickedness he brings to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is breathtaking.  So who is this man Del Toro portrays?  Escobar grew up a petty criminal in the Medellin area of Colombia and rose to become the world’s most notorious trafficker, a gifted strategist unburdened by conscience and untouchable for nearly 20 years.  Just being wicked never gets powerful drug lords anywhere.  It’s that added layer of sizzling charisma that gets them to the top – the X-factor that allows a person to bypass normal rules and behaviour and eliminate resistance.  Del Toro brings him to life, this beloved, charming and profoundly evil man.
Escobar broke all the rules, ordered countless murders and walked on a lot of willing victims to control the cocaine trade between south and North America from 1975 to his death in 1993.  At the height of his reign of terror he is alleged to have moved $500M in cocaine per day and carry out crimes and routine executions to maintain it.   No one, no government, police force or rival could touch hm.
He held sway over hundreds of lives in his immediate circle and unknown numbers of official and unofficial forces from Colombia, Mexico the US and God knows where else.  It’s believed that his reach extended to Europe and Asia and that’s not counting the drug habits he fed. ...

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