In the turbulence of the 1970s, the international drug trade underwent a fast, violent and lucrative revolution — and one ordinary American was at its center. He could have been your next-door neighbor. However, in just a few short years, George Jung, a high-school football star from Small Town USA, single handedly became the world’s premiere importer of cocaine from Colombia’s Medellin cartel, changing the course of an entire generation. This is his rise and fall story.
A true cautionary tale, “Blow” is well acted and poignant. But the producers fail to paint the entire picture of the drug culture. While writers David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes and director Ted Demme focus attention on George Jung’s involvement in making drugs hip and available, they neglect to showcase any victims of this over-indulgent and deadly lifestyle. The film merely deals with the exploiters who got caught up in a hedonistic way of life. Had there been at least one example of a life ruined by cocaine use, we might have seen the film’s protagonist and his accomplices for what they truly were – soulless.