A callow Canadian surfer loses his heart to an idealistic Colombian beauty doing charity work for her wealthy, bon vivant politician uncle. Unfortunately that uncle happens to be cocaine mega-kingpin Pablo Escobar. Hutcherson is more winsome than his biddable blankness should allow, but unsurprisingly, as the magnetic Patrón, Del Toro is the only real treasure in this rather messy cache, peering out from an ursine mane with exacting, charismatic menace.
Escobar: Paradise Lost | Directed by Andrea Di Stefano (France 2014) with Josh Hutcherson, Benicio Del Toro. Starts July 9
Originally published in issue #140, July/August 2015.