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Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)

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In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.

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(as Andrea di Stefano), (adaptation) (as Andrea di Stefano) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
... Pablo Escobar
... Nick
... Dylan
... Drago
... Laure
... Maria
... Roldano Brother (The Boss)
... Christo
... Tourist at Bus Stop
Manuel Antonio Gómez ... Bambi
Laura Londoño ... Maria Victoria
Micke Moreno ... Martin
... Pepito Torres
Jaime Correa ... Dr. Prieto
... Store Lady
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Nicko and his brother take off from Canada in search of an easier life on the beaches of Colombia. Nicko meets a girl in the local village and they quickly fall in love, only for Nicko to later find out that Maria's uncle is the drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar. His life takes a dramatic turn after meeting El Patron, and Nick is forced into impossible situations to try and keep his family safe, but does Pablo have other ideas? Written by Steve Watson

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Nobody escapes Pable Escobar. See more »


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Rated R for violence including grisly images | See all certifications »

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26 June 2015 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,869, 28 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,869, 28 June 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Benicio Del Toro stars in Sicario (2015) and at one point a character asks his character if he is Medellin. Medellin was the name of Pablo Escobar's drug cartel. See more »

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When they main characters drive from the village to the cave to hide the "treasure," the trunk is empty. When they are parked outside of the cave, the trunk is filled with boxes. See more »

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Pablo Escobar: [Commenting about the murder of Roldano Brother] Cause God has done nothing to do with it.It was you, Nick.It was your intervention that got those people killed. You're as guilty as I am.
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San Lazaro
Performed by Paola Andrea Álvarez
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Escobar -Paradise lost-
30 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

-Escobar: Paradise Lost (also known as Paradise Lost) is a 2014 romantic thriller film, written and directed by Andrea Di Stefano.[ It is the directorial debut of Di Stefano. The film chronicles the life of a surfer who falls in love while working with his brother in Colombia and finds out that the girl's uncle is Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. -Of the storyline, Di Stefano claimed "the idea came from three sentences (I) heard from a police officer about a real-life young Italian fellow who went to Colombia to meet his brother, somehow became close to the Escobar family, and then got in trouble.

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-Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 52% approval rating, based on reviews from 41 critics, with an average score of 5.8/10 ,Metacritic gives the film a score of 56 out of 100, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". -At the Telluride Film Festival, Escobar: Paradise Lost received a generally positive critical response. Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy called the film "an absorbing and suspenseful drug trade drama" along with citing that "del Toro's presence, like Brando's in The Godfather, looms over everything that happens here". McCarthy also stated that "Di Stefano shows some real directorial chops in the film's central and impressively extended action-suspense sequence". However, "the romantic interplay between Nick and Maria gets a bit tiresome and redundant due to the fact that they're both so extremely nice and agreeable; Nick's naivete and goody two-shoes Canadianism (he stresses that he's not a Yank) also prove wearisome". -Writing for Indiewire, Eric Kohn gave the film a B and praised the performances of del Toro and Hutcherson writing that del Toro "turns Escobar into a subdued terror whose ability to order murders with ease provides the movie with its chief source of dread". While Hutcherson "imbues the character with a believability that transcends the script's limitations". However, Kohn also criticised the film as it "fails to develop the rest of its characters as well as it does for its two central men. The screenplay is similarly marred by formula, lagging whenever it hits certain high melodramatic notes, and reminding us of the stakes in play with mopey, dime-store gravitas".


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