LOWS AND HIGHS

With Louis Th­er­oux’s con­tro­ver­sial new drugs doco Heroin Town hit­ting cine­mas on Fri­day, here are five more movies where it is all about sub­stances over style

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SCARFACE (1983)

AMA­ZON, ITUNES In mid-2018, there is go­ing to be a re­make — please let it be good! — so there is no bet­ter time to re­new ac­quain­tances with the orig­i­nal, which is still as madly ad­dic­tive (in so many ways) as ever. It’s all about the ever-in­creas­ing ma­nia of Al Pa­cino as Tony Mon­tana, a Cuban refugee who won’t be budged from his hard-earned throne as the king­pin of Florida’s co­caine trade.

CANDY (2006)

FOX­TEL NOW A night­mar­ishly telling take on what it’s like to be young, in love and on heroin. Junkie poet Heath Ledger and promis­ing young artist Abbie Cor­nish do the his‘n’hers habit thing, hit­ting an early high be­fore plum­met­ing to a series of shock­ing lows. The con­vinc­ing per­for­mances (par­tic­u­larly Ledger, who looks rav­aged through­out) are the trump card played by an un­der­rated Aus­tralian drama.

SICARIO (2015)

NET­FLIX, STAN A pow­er­ful re­port from one of the most ac­tive and danger­ous front lines of the war on drugs, where the traf­fick­ing of il­licit sub­stances is re­lent­less: the bor­der sep­a­rat­ing Texas and Mex­ico. Emily Blunt stars as a naive FBI agent in­vited to join a black-ops project whose prime ar­chi­tects (played by Josh Brolin and Beni­cio Del Toro) are work­ing to a rad­i­cal new agenda.

LIM­IT­LESS (2011)

STAN What if there was a top-se­cret drug that could ac­ti­vate that fa­bled 90 per cent of our brains that we never use? What if a tablet taken daily sud­denly turned you into an all-see­ing, all-achiev­ing mas­ter­mind? What next? Poverty-stricken writer Ed­die Morra (Bradley Cooper) is about to find out all the an­swers the hard way. A trashy, splashy thriller not afraid of an un­pre­dictable twist or two.

PINEAP­PLE EX­PRESS (2008)

NET­FLIX Seth Ro­gen stars as a potad­dicted process server on the run from a mur­der­ous drug lord. Mean­while, James Franco steals the show as a bliss­fully out-ofit dealer. This fit­fully hi­lar­i­ous, spo­rad­i­cally sur­real com­edy is ev­ery­thing a weed­whacked viewer could pos­si­bly want from a night on the couch. Plenty of strong laughs for unim­paired on­look­ers as well, but be pre­pared for a jar­ring, vi­o­lent fi­nale.

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