Reviewed by: Todd Adams
|Featuring:||Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Jordi Molla, Ray Liotta, Rachel Griffiths|
|Distributor:||New Line Cinema|
“Blow” isn’t going to garner universal appeal. “Blow” doesn’t hold much for Christian appeal either. I lost count of the F-words (over 110 of them, according to ScreenIt!). Nevertheless, “Blow” was worth my two hours. It provides an inside look at the sick world of drug trading with a strong performance by Johnny Depp throughout. The two “drug” movies of 2001—“Blow” and “Traffic”—pull the shades off of any glamour or naivety one might have about the allures of the drug world.
Johnny Depp is the principle character in “Blow”, playing the mega drugpusher George Jung (based on a true story). Along the way he links up with a wild woman well suited to his lifestyle played by Penélope Cruz. But the real story is singly focused on Depp. His family life, personal choices, drug ventures and vices are developed throughout the film. Depp’s acting, the script and directing are all solid enough to hold the film together. An interesting style of the movie is Depp providing a backward looking narration of his life autobiographical style from beginning to end. I found “Blow” to be interesting and worthwhile even though it dragged at times. Ironically, the film also becomes oversentimental at times as drugpusher George Jung’s life starts to cave in.
There are a lot of scriptures which talk about the deeds of evildoers and their consequences. “Blow” ventures into such a world with its many deceptions. I think the film succeeds at illustrating how the false allure of a fast and furious business such as pushing cocaine can blind the soul to the real world. Unlike “Traffic” which presents the drugusers in its story, “Blow” is focused entirely on the pushers and their game. The moral offenses of this film such as sexual situations and lots of swearing are not out of place in the context of this story.
“Blow” was a better film than I expected. It leads the viewer into the glitter of the fast life then unravels it completely. Some will argue that we end up feeling too sorry for the bad guy. Perhaps that is because he does learns the values of life but far too late. My opinion is that what we see is how the world of drugs can completely ruin a life, leaving no opportunity to go back and undo the damage. Hollywood isn’t glorifying sin in this film. Anyone who views “Blow” will undoubtedly have a wellfounded distaste for all of the wrong decisions George Jung made. And that makes “Blow” worth seeing.