Dolph Lundgren plays a cop, and I recognize a few other faces but no names. It starts off a bit crappily, but it gets better fast. It's a drug story, and in all it is a gritty gory allegory of hopes and dreams and pitfalls that the characters all fall in without warning. It's a realistically crazy and spontaneous tale, that seems to deliver a message along with the fragmented and messy plot. This quote's a good example, delivered by the main character, a drug dealer who dreams of a better life:
Let's be honest. This is a multi-billion dollar industry. Part of it is legal: abuse treatments, prevention costs, healthcare, DEA budgets, jails, morgues, etc. Only a small part is illicit. Less than 20%.
Now, my question would be: is it really worth it to eradicate this trade? I don't think so, and I'm backed by the government. Do you have any idea how many people would lose their jobs if drugs weren't around? You think any administration would take that risk to increase the line at the unemployment office? Of course not. The 'War on Drugs' is just another opportunity to accentuate, the 'Big Scare'. Foreign cartels, Mexican smugglers, Russian mobsters. The message is simple: beware of the foreigners.
America... how did you forget your origins? Don't you remember the melting pot? And, by the way, don't you know that the fastest growing drug in the last twenty years is meth? Meth. Pure, white trash. All this has nothing to do with morals and the wrong side of the law. It's all about economy. This is a business, and a better one than Wall Street.
It reminds me of the alternative aspects of the drug industry that Cocaine Cowboys 3 brought up as well, and with a movie like this, that delivers a message like this, you can't really expect good endings. That drug dealer... does he get a better life? Better watch the movie and find out.
It was OK.
rated 3/5: not bad