We had to do it, "Blow" is a classic! Johnny Depp rocks the hell out of George Jung's story, as he portrays "Boston George" during some of his more active days in the world of drug-trafficking.
By now, we're sure most of you have seen this so film, so we are definitely going to give a little more plot in this one.
"Blow" as a whole is one of those whirlwind roller coaster rides filled with turns of success and drops of failure, much like the lives of the dealer and consumer. So without further delay, let's hit "Blow" head on and see what it's all about.
The beginning of the movie starts by showing young George growing up in an average household with his father, Fred(Liotta) struggling to keep his family afloat. The Jung family experienced financial hardships much like some of us have experienced where lack of money is the primary source of conflict between parents. This financial turmoil served to be a driving force in George's decision to not end up like his father. Now of course, George could have chosen to be a doctor or lawyer, but when your moving tons of marijuana and making serious money, what's the point?
Yes, that is correct, George is a drug trafficking guru, or at least he was in his prime. Once George was old enough to leave his parent's home, he and his best friend, Tuna(Suplee) began a life of women, parties and selling weed *scratch that* lots of weed. They didn't start out on top because much like any business it's all about connections and how you network those connections. George possessed a natural ability to get close to the right people at the right time with the right amount of money. This is something that is vital in any career, but more so in illegal activity since a bad connection can get more than your lights cut off.
George grew his small operation into one that was generating thousands of dollars and making more money than he ever had, but it wasn't enough. George had the itch and Mexico had the means to scratch it. By the time his business reached Mexico, George was flying planes filled with marijuana back and forth to California, all while thinking of ways to expand his vision even further. This insatiable greed is a common theme we hear a lot of in the lives of successful criminals and it's also the very thing that ultimately brings their empire down to the ground. You have to wonder, if George stayed small would he have had so much trouble?
Well, for one thing, if he had we wouldn't have this great movie to watch, now would we? So as the story moves on, George eventually finds himself in a bit of hot water, by being caught trying to bring over 600lbs of marijuana into the U.S. Most people haven't even seen 6ozs and this guys bringing in 600+, that's just insane! Well, while he's spending time in prison, he meets Diego(Molla), a criminal with ties to the Medellín cartel. This is one of those life changing moments because in prison, he learns everything there is to know about the cocaine trade which puts him on an a whole nother level.
"George, What do you know about Cocaine?"-Diego
Once free from jail, George reconnects with Diego and begins a successful, but bitter rise to fame and fortune. Bitter how? Well, when your making millions of dollars, people tend to get a little sketchy, a little jumpy if you will. You can't even trust your own brother or even your mother with certain information, it can get you imprisoned if your lucky or worse if, well you know. "Blow" is a film that shows one George Jung, just how deep the rabbit hole goes and will forever remind him of all that he lost going down it.
This film received mixed reviews from a variety of sources, some saying it's a story of a man's short-sighted vision, while others say it's merely about a man in the middle of a bigger story. Either way, this movie is an interesting look at the desperation that one will go through to have a life different from the status quo. We all must find our own way to happiness, but let us not forget that the path we choose can lead to a dead end, without notice.
What are your thoughts on the film? Do you think they did George's story justice or came up short in the end?
Unhinged Reviews recommends "Blow" for Depp enthusiasts and fans of movies such as "Traffic" and/or "Scarface".