Telluride Review: Josh Hutcherson Flees Menacing Benicio Del Toro in Solid B-Movie ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’



The legacy of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who reached the height of his cocaine-smuggling power in the eighties running a multimillion dollar cartel operation, is obvious fodder for the movies. Though Escobar surrendered to authorities in 1991, escaped a year later and was killed in a firefight shortly afterward, his luxurious career provides many access points, as demonstrated by the recent spate of Escobar projects: In addition to a 2012 Colombian mini-series, contemporary efforts to explore Escobar’s life include the upcoming production of the black list screenplay "The Ballad of Pablo Escobar," starring John Leguizamo in the title role, and the tense, well-acted "Escobar: Paradise Lost," which features Benicio Del Toro.

The latter movie, the directorial debut of Italian director Andrea Di Stefano, confronts the challenge of representing Escobar’s legacy in a unique fashion — by making him a supporting character. 

Which is not to say that Del…
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