The rise and fall of infamous drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, is an epic tale.
A young upstart born into poverty navigates a treacherous world, butting heads against brutal established powers. Familiar tropes of a hero’s journey, which also apply when the eponymous subject turns out to be one of the most ruthless and resilient of all crime figures. This subversion of a well trodden story arc is complete with the birth of an empire that traffics in human misery. Yet all of this would not be possible without the complicity of a corrupt state, and it’s this insight into the machinations of fragile alliances and deadly bedfellows that makes El Chapo compulsive viewing.
Release Date: March 6, 2019
Starring: Marco de la O, Humberto Busto, Diego Vásquez
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