Top positive review
Down and dirty!
on February 25, 2017
I recently watched this very frightening movie on my laptop as I mistakenly got a version that was coded for area2. This is an older film but one I missed. This was a terrifying film in parts.
If this was the price for accepting Castro's castoffs into the US it was too high. Pacinos' (and that of his sidekick from Cuba) introduction to Miami is to witness the dismemberment and death of others with a chainsaw! Al Pacino does a great job of playing a Cuban hood, who, through his own drive and guts takes over a portion of the cocaine trade and eliminate his boss and then indulges in exorbitant spending of the illicit gains. The theme is to take from others but to brook no interference with his own wants. Al Pacino plays the role of a domineering cocaine merchant convincingly. When he steals his boss's girl, marries her and maltreats her, even she leaves him. Even his faithful mother (whom he hasn't bothered to contact on the flimsy excuse that he wanted to keep her and his blossoming younger sister safe) disowns him and tries to keep his sister from his influence and money. The saddest piece occurs when, he has charged his buddy with minding the store in Bolivia, he finds him with his sister - he does not stop to discover that they have exciting news for him - they are married!. He guns his buddy down as he opens the door.
Pacino cuts a deal for cocaine supply with a Bolivian drug lord. In exchange he is to facilitate the bomb murder of a diplomat trying to stop the trade by some sort of legalization. Pacino refuse the facilitation because the diplomat's wife and children are in the set-up car.
All in all this is an excellent portrayal of the seamy life in the cocaine trade. There follows a bloody invasion of the South Americans in which Pacino dies in a hail of bullets. He dies with his his face in cocaine and later his body riddled with bullets. I don't normally tell the story but this is a ghastly tale which the tender of heart should stay away from unless they want to be suffer nightmares!n