Following the life of cocaine-trafficking pioneer George Jung in a way that recalls Martin Scorsese's Casino, Blow recounts the man's days from his 1950s childhood in Boston to his downfall in the 1980s. George (played by Johnny Depp) begins his life as the son of Fred (Ray Liotta), an earnest breadwinner, and Ermine (Rachel Griffiths), who frequently walks out on them in pursuit of a more fulfilling life. When George moves west to California in the late '60s, accompanied by best pal Tuna (Ethan Suplee), he becomes an entrepreneur in the marijuana business, which soon spreads to the East Coast as well, with girlfriend Barbara (Franka Potente) smuggling the product during her stewardess shifts. George is arrested in 1972 -- at which time Barbara dies of cancer -- but George finds a new ally in Diego (Jordi Molla), who proposes the idea that he become the American conduit for Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar (Cliff Curtis). George flourishes in the heyday of the disco era, and falls for Mirtha (Penelope Cruz), a self-serving bombshell who eventually has a daughter with him. Trouble escalates as the FBI threatens to bring George and his crew down, while he desperately tries to be a stable parent to his young offspring. Blow also features Paul Reubens and Max Perlich in featured roles.~Jason Clark
"Blow" is an EXCELLENT movie. If memory serves correct, I did see this in the movie theatre, BUT definitely remember buying the DVD and watching it at home; it has that Scorsese look and feel and made in the mold of his movies like his "Goodfellas" and "casino" movies. And as always, Depp is great. Too bad it was not nominated for many awards. I bought this again, but this time on bluray, due to a couple reasons: 1- was a BEST BUY (cheap price) at my local Best Buy store, and, 2- I used to work and live in Colombia, South America and even drove by Pablo Escobar's house in Medellin. I LOVE THIS MOVIE anyway. Moves fast. PLUS!, it is a true story. AND the extra features on the bluray are fantastic! It has more extras than the dvd. And the bluray picture and sound are much better than the dvd. BUT just could not resist re-buying because BEST BUY had the cheapest and the BEST price for this movie. So, "BLOW" on into BEST BUY, and pickup your bluray copy of "BLOW"! And INHALE this movie! It will make you feel "excited" and "good"! ADIOS, amigos! Disfrute!, ah, ENJOY!
Based on the real life story of George Jung, who in a few short years would become the largest cocaine dealer in America, but whose precipitous fall from grace and wealth makes this a must-see film. I have yet to see a bad performance from Depp--that alone should be a qualification to view this movie.
I enjoyed this movie from start to finish! It shows a life that started from the bottom and worked his way up to the top. Then back to a normal (or somewhat of a normal life). Very interesting movie. Great group of actors! Was also based on a true story! Worth checking out if your into crime movies!
Blow is a terrific look at one of the largest drug cartels ever to exist. Johnny Depp is brilliant in this film and it's strange to think that underneath all of his colorful and over the top characters that he is a tremendous actor.