The 1960s and ’70s as seen through a procession of bad haircuts and recreational substances? Well, why not — history courses through many veins. Director Ted Demme’s “Blow” taps into the real-life tale of George Jung, a laid-back boy from Massachusetts who went on to become America’s No. 1 drug trafficker, a confidante of Pablo Escobar with $60 million in an offshore bank account.
Johnny Depp plays “Boston George,” who moves from a Beatle-esque mop-top and rolling joints on a California beach to a fluffy ’70s shag and supplying America with 80 percent of its cocaine needs. As far as “rise and fall” stories go, this one’s pretty damn precipitous. Like all good crime movies, you spend the first 60 minutes wishing you were George, and the next 60 feeling oh-so-lucky that you’re not (especially when you see his hairstyle circa 1981). George Jung was hardly your typical drug kingpin; in fact, he comes off as the “anti-Scarface.” Where other criminals seized and protected their territory with stomach-churning brutality, it was George’s low-key charm that allowed him to swim with the sharks. (Unfortunately for him, they eventually took their pound of flesh — and then some.)
Unable to view this article?
This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.
Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.
If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.
We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.