Narcos will make an addict out of you


[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: IMDb[/caption] The first season of the series is predominately set during the 70s and 80s

It is mainly written by Chris Brancato and directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha, featuring Brazilian actor Wagner Moura

Wagner Moura is seen playing the lead protagonist, the character of the head of the ill-famed Medellín Cartel, Pablo Escobar

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com/watch?v=R0P2Lg5wzTE [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: IMDb[/caption] Moura has managed to stay true to the character and the plot, as well as delivered a truly commendable performance

He put on extra weight to bear resemblance to the character he is portraying

He also moved to Escobar’s hometown of Medellín, Colombia, to become well-versed in the Spanish dialect, as well as get a better grasp on the cult following of Escobar

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: IMDb[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] Supporting cast members who deserve a special mention are the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) officers Steve Murphy and his partner Javier Peña (a Mexican DEA agent), played by Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal

Murphy provides a first-hand account of the dark world of illegal Colombian drug trade and its deadly cartels with a hegemony which is second to none

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] This show is intended for mature audiences since it contains plenty of violence, sex and explicit language

It is a hauntingly accurate portrayal of Narcos based activities, which were at its peak during the 80s

Additionally, majority of the series are in Spanish with English subtitles – this adds an aura of authenticity that could not have been achieved with English accents bubbling with undertones of Spanish dialect

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] The first 10 episodes of season one record the rise and subsequent descent of Pablo Escobar

Each episode meticulously exhibits what actually happened during Pablo’s reign as the “Cocaine King

” Some of the events, such as bribing politicians, assassinating judges and the attack on the Supreme Court of Colombia in 1985, are shown in great detail during the journey of the first season

Some of these events appear implausible, as logic would dictate

However, a Google search will prove that it was all actually true and none other than Escobar, the shrewd tactician, was behind it

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] Narcos feels like a documentary at times, embedding archival footage of real news within the actual drama to make it more effective

This is done in order to make the audience realise the lawlessness Colombia witnessed because of Escobar’s reign of drug terror

Using dread and duress as his primary apparatus to conduct business, he became one of the richest individuals, not only in South America, but in the world

The rough estimates on his wealth was around $30 billion during his zenith of power

  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: IMDb[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] Narcos depicts Escobar as a self-made man

Rising from abject poverty, he slowly becomes one of the most powerful men

If he was running a legitimate business, he would have been the equivalent of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, owing to his strategic thinking and business acumen

He built a behemoth drug empire while concurrently cultivating dreams of becoming the president of Colombia all by himself

Some of the episodes highlight his political ambitions in great detail

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] Photo: Screenshot[/caption] Moreover, he wanted to rule the world and acquire everything he desired

He wanted Colombians to see him as Robin Hood and he did this by engaging in philanthropic activities for the Favela populace

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] Narcos presents Escobar as a multifaceted and complex individual

The series gives more than just a personal account of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar; it reflects on the inner workings of his gang, his close confidants, wife, children, mistresses, arch-rivals and also the US and Colombian governments that were after him

This show is a larger than life biopic on the man who eluded the US government for a long period of time

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo: Screenshot[/caption] I would recommend this show because of its quality in content, its accurate representation, gripping portrayal of the blood-spattered cocaine history of Columbia and its eventual fallout on the streets of the US as well as other major metropolises around the globe

The second season of this show is expected to come out this year

Let’s hope it’s as great as the first one



Date:23-Apr-2016 Reference:View Original Link