SYNOPSIS (IMDB): A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8.6/10
ACTING: 9.5/10 *
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 7.8/10 **
REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: A powerful story carried by an even stronger cast.
* Bryan Cranston is a god, there is no doubt about that. For me however, the star of this was John Leguizamo, playing Cranston’s undercover partner, Emir Abreu. Fun fact – Leguizamo has actually been cast as Pablo Escobar himself in upcoming film, El Patron. Pretty excited about that one.
** The cinematography was actually quite good. What ruined it for me was the colour grade. Scenes seemed to jump so abruptly from one look to another – which may have been an intentional choice – but it just was just way too distracting for me and kept taking me out of the story. The whites also seemed to be crazily blown out in a few scenes, and there was just so much noise in most of the shots, which was also extremely distracting.