The Two Escobars

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  • Summary: Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellín Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turnedPablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellín Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo's drug money had turned Andres' national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an "own goal" that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. For Colombians, soccer was far more than a game: their entire national identity rode on the success or failure of their team. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist's fast and furious documentary plays out on an ever-expanding canvas, painting a fascinating portrait of Pablo, Andres, and a country in the grips of a violent, escalating civil war. Collapse

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. 91
    Finds connections deeply embedded in a soccer culture fueled by the country's thieving cocaine trade.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 28, 2010
    90
    One of the best sports documentaries in recent memory.
  3. The Zimbalists have unearthed a trove of footage, which they effectively blend with a full range of surprisingly honest interviews. As a result, the story of two individuals expands into a portrait of an entire country, in almost unthinkable distress.
  4. A stranger to this story will guess how it ends by virtue of the fact that neither Andrés nor Pablo appear in current-day footage, but nonetheless, The Two Escobars ends up being quite the nail-biter.
  5. The key point is made, if seemingly lost in the overly cheery finale.
  6. 40
    Even the admittedly thrilling gameplay footage and time-capsule news reports are couched in contexts that seem crudely sketched out.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    10
    The TWO ESCOBARS is definitely the best sports documentary since WHEN WE WERE KINGS, possibly the best documentary of any kind since WHEN WEThe TWO ESCOBARS is definitely the best sports documentary since WHEN WE WERE KINGS, possibly the best documentary of any kind since WHEN WE WERE KINGS. It's message is important, but also it masters the craft of storytelling, is stylish, and evokes a range of profound emotion. Expand

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