Escobar: Paradise Lost

Escobar 550“Absorbing and suspenseful … del Toro’s presence, like Brando’s in THE GODFATHER, looms over everything that happens.“ – Hollywood Reporter

In Columbia, Nick (Josh Hutcherson), a Canadian surfer boy, meets Maria (Claudia Traisac), an idealistic local girl who works with the poor. But this love story has a dark side: Maria’s wealthy, very protective uncle Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro)  is one of the world’s biggest narco-traffickers. Writer-director Andrea Di Stefano ingeniously mixes fact and fiction in this disturbing thriller, with Hutcherson (Jennifer Lawrence’s love interest in the Hunger Games movies) an ordinary guy stumbling headlong into terror and violence, holding his own opposite one of the most charismatic actors alive. And Del Toro, with his  mixture of avuncular sweetness, self-mythologizing grandiosity and cobra-like cruelty, was born to play Escobar. (France-Spain-Belgium, 2014, 120m)

Starts June 26