(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW score: 32
3 out of 5 octopi
++ An ambitious survey of the illegal drug crisis in the United States at the turn of the millennium. Don’t watch this movie if you want to be uplifted. There are some hopeful things in the end but the message is clear: the tactics and policies that were being employed to stem the brutal tide of drug use are not working and will likely not make any significant impact. The war on drugs, if that’s what it is, is being decidedly won by the drug manufacturers and distributors. Michael Douglas acquits himself well and Benicio Del Toro is his standard searing screen presence. It’s an interesting stew made up of the disparate angles of this complex puzzle but I don’t think that it makes for an especially satisfying story.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)