"Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it."
Watching movies like this makes me wonder why Johnny Depp doesn't have an Oscar yet. This is one of the few drug movies where you actually feel a little sorry for the drug-dealing coke-infested lead character. Depp plays a good kid-turned-drug dealer, who learns there's more money in the drug business than there is sitting behind a desk. He ends up building a pretty successful drug empire, surrounding himself with the best dealers in the business with the best connections, and making more money than he knows what to do with. Trouble is, the players he surrounds himself with, end up being the cause of his inevitable demise. As many other things in his life, this is another dream deferred.
What's touching is his sincere love for his daughter with Penelope Cruz (who, by the way, plays a tragically convincing drug-addicted wife in the flick). After years of chasing the American Dream, he finds all he needs in his daughter. But his drug escapades draws a wider and wider gap in their relationship until there's nothing left of it.
Based on the true story of drug lord George Jung, Blow is realistic, sometimes funny, and ultimately ironic. It shows that sometimes it's worth it to take the long road. Because more times than not, you spend the rest of your life regretting the short cuts you took.
My rating: A