8/27 – 9/2 At SFFS Screen In The Sundance Kabuki Cinemas: THE TWO ESCOBARS

From beginning to end, Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist’s newest documentary, The Two Escobars, delivers drama as tense as any final world cup soccer match could.  Passing and kicking between Pablo Escobar and Andres Escobar, the film interweaves its narrative with frequent goal scoring success.  It isn’t until the final whistle – or in this case, gunshot – is heard that you realize just what an incredibly informative and well put together film you just watched.

Hold up, time out!  If you’re still with me after reading these opening metaphor-heavy three sentences, let me assure you that there will be no more cornball soccer metaphors to describe the film from this point on.  Now, on with the review.

Pablo Escobar was an incredibly wealthy and powerful drug kingpin.  His rise to  infamy is one that would cast a shadow of  negativity on Columbia for years to come. Andres Escobar was the young athletic star and poster boy for the Columbian national soccer team going into the 1994 World Cup. This is the story of these two men, their love for both country and sport, and the roles each one played in popularizing Columbian soccer.

When handling documentary subjects so opposite it would have been easy to remain on the surface, highlighting only the wickedness of Pablo and saint-like revere of Andres.  One is a humble soccer player and the other is a murdering drug dealer.  Just focus on the good of one and the evil of the other and voila, there’s your movie.

Thankfully, Jeff and Michael Zimbalist chose not to go down that road, and took a more objective approach.  By choosing to tell this story fairly through archived footage and interviews of both families and close friends of the Escobars, the Zimbalist brothers have crafted a film with far more grey reflections than the clichéd black & white ones to which many already have for these individuals, especially Pablo.

With the help of an outstanding mood-capturing soundtrack by composer Michael Furjanic, The Two Escobars was more than able to bring home the emotions to several important scenes.  With low minimal notes giving way to crescendos of boisterous techno, the film is scored much the way a great ambient techno album would have been assembled.  Even if technotrippy music isn’t your cup of tea, the way in which Furjanic applies it is sure to leave a lasting impression and possibly strike up a tear or two.

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2 Comments on “8/27 – 9/2 At SFFS Screen In The Sundance Kabuki Cinemas: THE TWO ESCOBARS”

  1. carolina
    October 1, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Thank you for your review Adam. I saw the Two Escobars when it played at the Kabuki and thought it was outstanding. The concept of narco-soccer is fascinating- I wonder if this is still going on today in other countries.

  2. Adam
    October 1, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Without knowing the intricate details and insider information of the drug cartels and their grip on Mexico as of late, I couldn’t help but think that there are some similairities there.

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