We had been out last night to the advances screening of Escobar : Paradise lost at the Novo Cinemas Cineplex between WAFI City and the Hyatt Hotel courtesy of Gulf Film.
The Plot in short: A young Canadian surfer who is with his brother and his wife in Columbia meets over there Maria , the woman of his dreams. Soon he finds out that her uncle is Pablo Escobar. With his life getting more and more pulled into the dangerous Escobar Family business he and Maria plan to escape the family not knowing that his last mission is set up to not bring him back alive as nobody escapes Pablo Escobar.
The first thing to note on this movie is that it is not Autobiographic. It uses the person of Pablo Escobar which was real, but the love story around it is completely created into the real events from 1991 . The story nevertheless is totally believable and Benicio del Toro who plays Escobar has an unbelievable on screen presence and charisma. He was brilliant form the beginning to the end.
Nick: How does he make money?
Maria: Cocaine, he is one of the biggest producers in the World.
Josh Hutcherson who you might know from The Hunger Games plays well too and proves that he can do other movies and proves with this movie that he is a good actor. His movie partner Claudia Traisac who plays Maria his later fiance is a perfect pick and together with Hutcherson a great combination which helps to give the story the authenticity.
Overall the movie was exciting and kept me always pondering what is going to happen next and despite the length it always kept my attention. The director,Andrea Di Stefano; has delivered here a very impressive told story – and that for a first movie. I found as well facinating to understand and see why people loved a brutal drug king pin like Escobar. Even when he went to Jail in 1991 he had still loads of supporters and many people in Columbia still think he is a hero even today.
The Movie is 100% worth watching on the big screen. Escobar : Paradise Lost is in UAE Cinemas starting today, Acme Blog Movie Rating:
You can watch the Trailer below: