The Silk Road, described as the Amazon of illegal drugs, appeared on the Dark Web in 2011. The brainchild of a mysterious, libertarian intellectual who evaded all attempts to track him down until a young IRS inspector cracked the case.
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When a 20-year old girl meets the charismatic boy living across the street, it starts her on the road to becoming a successful drug dealer on Silk Road. Along the way she gets caught up in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game played by police, criminals, and her own boyfriend. How far will she go? Who can she trust - and just who is using who?Written by
The movie is entertaining and instructive, but to label it, "based on the true story" is misleading. Most of the story cornerstones are pure inventions and have nothing to do with the truth. Many of the key events in the film never happened in reality. This is the biggest shortcoming of the movie-it is a lie.
Another weak point is that the story remains fuzzy. The protagonists never make it clear what exactly they are doing and why. Thus the movie remains superficial and never really explains what is happening.
The technical computer and internet action details look as if the script writers were completely clueless and just sucked nonsense from their fingers. They seemed to barely know what an IP address is, but onion routing was alread way beyond their understanding. For a movie that is centered so much on the internet and the darknet one would wish for more precision in such details.
Apart from these shortcomings the relations between the protagonists are gripping and interesting to watch.
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