An OK film, but not a great film.
A bit too movie-of-the-week 'by the numbers' even for a risk-averse first time director. Lot's of potential for crackling drama + tension but we don't really experience any until the 3rd act and even then it seems proforma.
It is supposed to be based upon "true events" but the film ends without any explanation as to what happened to the main characters.
Benicio del Toro steals every scene and without him this would be a 3. Josh Hutcherson seems to struggle with the role playing someone who is (sort of) struggling with his conscience. The rest of the key supporting cast are cyphers with the exception of Carlos Bardem who nails the role of Drago.
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) 1080p YIFY Movie
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) 1080p
Escobar: Paradise Lost is a movie starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, and Claudia Traisac. In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.
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The Synopsis for Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) 1080p
Nicko and his brother take off from Canada in search of an easier life on the beaches of Colombia. Nicko meets a girl in the local village and they quickly fall in love, only for Nicko to later find out that Maria's uncle is the drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar. His life takes a dramatic turn after meeting El Patron, and Nick is forced into impossible situations to try and keep his family safe, but does Pablo have other ideas?
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The Reviews for Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014) 1080p
Competent but proformaReviewed byjcaliendo-104-917650Vote: 5/10
An OK film, but not a great film.
Josh Hutcherson plays a surfer living in Colombia, who falls in love with a girl whose uncle is a politician attracted to drug trafficking, played by Benicio del Toro.
It's a dark tale about getting caught up with the wrong crowd and not being able to get out. The moral of the story is there but I really got nothing out of it.
A period piece set in the 80s, the movie does feel a little chopped together. A lot of Background story seems to go by so fast that I barely notice it from all the one-liners used to tell it.
But the hunger games star showed he could front a movie. He was charming and capable of a lot of dramatic tension. Good for him that he does have a seasoned award winning actor like Del Toro supporting him in this movie, but for the most part the whole thing falls on Josh's performance and he came through for me by getting me all up in his situation.
Depending on weather you like or dislike Hutcherson, or like me, don't have any feeling for him at all either way, will sway your opinion on the movie. The story is weak and the film making is very centered on the leading man's ability to make you like him.
I guess a role like that in Hunger Games can make comparisons like that easy. Also if you spend most of the time with Josh instead of Benicio (playing Escobar) you might feel tempted to question what the movie is actually about. But there are hints at the beginning which become bigger towards the end.
I'm not sure, that's how Escobar actually was. But the man depicted is anything but a Saint, even if he might have done some nice things for his people. Obviously some things are heightened for movie purposes especially towards the end. The suspense is there, but the movie might be even better, if there was more of Escobar. His character being mesmerizing every time he is on screen. But maybe that was the reason. He came off too good and therefor might have confused people (again especially towards the end) ... Decent effort of a real crime thriller