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Escobar

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2017
  • Fernando León de Aranoa
  • 123 mins
  • 15

Summary

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The story of Pablo Escobar (Javier Bardem) is told through the eyes of glamorous Colombian TV personality Virginia Vallejo (Penélope Cruz), Escobar's lover and the woman who would eventually have to betray the deadly drug lord to escape his control. Despite the rich source material and jaw-dropping cast, nothing about this first-hand account of a crime legend is distinct or fascinating. Cruz's persistent narration obliterates any subtlety, and leads us down a familiar crime drama route of graphic violence and growing dread. Bardem makes for a foreboding presence, while Cruz gets the script's best moments, particularly as the walls close in on her character. However, the film glosses over too much and becomes tedious as the two-hour running time drags by. The many biopics of the Colombian kingpin that came before this 2017 treatment were better crafted and more nuanced than a bland affair that wastes the talents of its stars. Escobar is a case of too little, too late.

Credits

Cast

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Pablo EscobarJavier Bardem
Virginia VallejoPenélope Cruz
Agent ShepardPeter Sarsgaard
SantoroOscar Jaenada
High State US officialColin Salmon

Crew

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DirectorFernando León de Aranoa

Details

Theatrical distributor
Kaleidoscope
Released on
2018-09-14
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing sex scenes, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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