A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Studio: Lionsgate
Year: 2018
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Run time: 529 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 DVD
Region: A

This is an extremely well made series about the evolvement of the organized drug syndicates in Colombia. The first two seasons are about the life of Pablo Escobar leaders of Medellin-cartel and the third season about the Cali-cartel taking over the market after Escobar is killed by the Police.

Wagner Moura is absolutely excellent in the role as Escobar. His character is truly fascinating, complex and very scary. Constantly in the borderline zone. Impossible to predict wether he is in his friendly or murderous mode. His fast changes from playing nicely with children to committing gruesome violence is really chilling and feels authentic for being a sociopathic druglord. The cast in general is very good with many good characters, played by Latin actors. Spanish language accuracy and culture really adds to an authentic experience.

Storyline is very well written and involving. This is a, creatively, dramatised biography of real life events in the drug wars of the 80s and 90s. And it is really engrossing to see how Escobar was connected to all levels of society. He was even elected member of the parlament. And how he managed to get a private luxury prison built when it was time for him to do some time in a deal with the government. To be at height of his power and control everything. And being a popular hero among the masses. And then, as an extreme contrast, being alone and hunted and killed on a shabby roof. Everything is very well produced in this excellent drama series. I would rate the first two seasons a solid ten.

Movie Quality: 10/10

Special Features

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Special Features: 0/10

Final Thoughts

Season 3 is even better! Noticing a certain trend? Boyd Holbrook is not in the third season, but Pedro Pascal shines as Pena. The writing is better than the other two seasons and the new cast members are amazing.
Overall Rating: 9/10