By Jordan Hansgen
If you don’t know the story of Pablo Escobar, the cocaine kingpin and leader of the Medellin Cartel, then an easy wikipedia search would give you most of the answers you want to know. However, there is something to be said about Narcos, the Netflix Original Series about a true story that still is able to keep you on the edge of your seat even while you know the inevitable fate of the characters. Spoken in mostly spanish and english, it keeps an element of authenticity that adds to its appeal
It’s one of those stories that even though the outcome is known, you become enthralled with the journeys of each of the characters. From the Americans Murphy and Pena, who assist the Colombian police in trying to take down Escobar’s drug empire, to the other cartels and criminals involved and then lastly inside the innerworkings of the Medellin Cartel, you see the decisions that shaped a war that left Colombia in turmoil for years.
The main successes of the show come from Wagner Moura’s portrayal of Escobar. He is ruthless, calculating, and true evil, yet seems to have a bizarre sense of morality in which he loves his family and is loyal to those loyal to him. Similar to Walter White, he becomes a villain you hate but yet you still want to see how he escapes police or death yet again. Moura’s potrayal of Escobar makes him terrifying and calculating. Two traits that made him one of the most wanted men in the world. This is a true crime story that is too crazy to believe.